Toledo gained a game on MAC West Division leader Ball State on Friday evening following a 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18) triumph over Miami in Savage Arena. With the victory, the Rockets' record improves to 13-10 overall and 6-3 in conference play, while the RedHawks fall to 10-11 overall and 2-7 in the MAC.
UT is now just one game behind West Division frontrunner Ball State (19-5, 7-2 MAC) following the Cardinals' 3-1 home setback this evening to Bowling Green (11-10, 7-2 MAC). The Rockets will host the Falcons tomorrow at 5:00 in Savage Arena.
Senior OH Lauren Rafdal paced Toledo with a match-high 23 kills for her fifth 20-plus kill outing of the season. Senior OH Jordan Kielty also produced her best offensive outing of the season with 17 kills and a .429 attack percentage. Senior RSH Becca Reidy also was in double digits for the Rockets with 10 terminations.
Senior S Adria Pryor directed UT's attack to a season-high .312 hitting mark with junior MB Brooke Frazer (6-0-12, .500 ATK%) and senior MB Dakota Harkins (6-0-14, .429 ATK%) enjoying efficient performances at the net.
On the defensive side of the net, freshman libero Ellen Hays led four Rockets in double figures with 19 digs and was joined by Reidy (12), Pryor (11) and Kielty (10). Harkins led UT with four blocks with Frazer also tallying three rejections.
Freshman OH Maris Below paced the RedHawks offensively with 18 kills.
Rafdal opened the match on fire and finished the opening set with nine kills and a .412 ATK%. UT broke away from the RedHawks with a 5-1 spurt to take a 22-17 lead en route to a four-point Set 1 victory.
The second set was a tight affair that featured 13 ties and eight lead changes. UT rallied from a 22-20 deficit late in the set. Harkins ignited a four-point run that Kielty continued with two kills and Reidy ended with an ace. Following a Miami kill, Harkins put UT up 2-0 with a tip kill.
Set 3 was even closer with 16 ties that the RedHawks by scoring the final two points. Junior OH Meg Riley kept the visitors alive with a kill and an aces for the final two points.
Toledo took control immediate in the final set, scoring the first five points and eventually assuming a 13-3 advantage. Miami did cut its deficit to five points, 21-16, later in the set but couldn't draw any closer.