BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo volleyball team opened its final regular season weekend with a 3-1 loss to Miami (OH) on Friday night at Alumni Arena. The Bulls were able to win the opening set, but Miami came back to win the final three. Sophomore setter Scout McLerran recorded her 2,000th career assist in the match.
The Bulls fell to 15-11 and 8-7 in conference play, but UB has locked up a spot in the upcoming MAC Tournament, which begins on Thursday in Oxford. Buffalo's seeding will be determined following tomorrow night's action.
Miami, who is looking to clinch the #1 overall seed in the MAC Tournament, took the contest, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22, as the RedHawks outhit the Bulls, .252 to .204.
Buffalo got out to a quick start to the evening as the Bulls hit .333 during the opening set, recording 17 kills and just three errors. UB led by just one at 12-11 when the Bulls scored five straight points, as a Miami attack error gave the Bulls a 17-11 lead. A kill by freshman Andrea Mitrovic put the Bulls ahead 21-15 and a kill by senior Cassie Shado clinched the opening set for UB, 25-17.
The Bulls raced out to a 13-6 lead in the second as a kill from sophomore Polina Prokudina gave Buffalo the seven-point edge, but the RedHawks went on an 8-1 run to tie the set up. With the second set tied at 16-16, Miami went on a 6-1 run to take the 22-17 lead and it went on to take the set, 25-19.
Miami led wire-to-wire in the third set and got out to a big lead in the fourth before the Bulls tried to climb their way back in. The RedHawks led 17-13 when the Bulls scored three straight to pull within one. A Miami attack error tied the set up at 20-20, but the RedHawks responded with two straight points. UB was able to pull within 24-22, but Miami got a kill from Katie Tomasic to end the match.
Shado led the Bulls with 15 kills and just two errors as she hit .520 for the match with five block assists. Mitrovic added 10 kills and had a team-high 20 digs.
McLerran recorded 41 assists as she moved over 2,000 for her career, now sitting at 2,040 assists. She added five kills and no errors, while also recording 15 digs.
The Bulls will close out the regular season tomorrow night when they host Bowling Green. The Falcons are in a first-place tie with Miami heading into the final night. The match will begin at 6pm. Prior to the contest, UB will honor Cassie Shado, its lone senior.