Jordan Rinard, For The Miami Student

The RedHawk volleyball team seeks to build on a season where it went 4-0 in the last four games of the regular season against Mid-American Conference (MAC) opponents en route to a 16-16 record overall and a loss to Ohio University in the opening round of the MAC Tournament. The Miami University volleyball team made strides in 2011, sweeping both Bowling Green State University and the University at Buffalo.

Head Coach Carolyn Condit returns for her 29th season at the helm of the Red and White, seeking to get to 500 wins in her stellar career for the RedHawks.

The ‘Hawks hope to continue to be productive after the departure of Amy Raseman, Jenn Caylor, Cassie Farrell and Colleen Loftus.

Seniors Amy Kendall, Christina Menche and Lisa Treadway look be major factors in the 2012 season. Last season, Kendall had an ace/set ratio of 6.90, the highest on the team while Treadway had 1.56 kills per set. Menche led the team with 529 digs in 2011.

Over the offseason, Miami took a trip to Europe to compete overseas and take in the sights and sounds of Vienna, Slovenia and Italy. The women faced a team from Austria, the Slovenia Junior National team, OK Sempeter and the Italian Junior National team.

“We had a great time in Italy and played really well together,” Menche said. “It was a good finish to our season and it will be exciting to see what is to come next year. Europe was also a good time to connect with other teammates and explore different historical sites in Austria, Slovenia and Italy. All of our hard work and fundraising paid off along with the help from all of our donors and alumni. We are grateful for everyone that made the trip possible.”

Condit has also set high expectations for the upcoming season.

“We lose no one in the backcourt and the rest of the team will be improved,” Condit said. “We need to be No. 5 or higher as we get into the middle of the MAC season as we begin to pull ourselves up toward the top of the standings. We finished seventh and I’d like to see us finish in the top four.”