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Binghamton heads to Syracuse as they round out their non-conference schedule

Bearcats face their third Big East opponent of the season

September 29, 2010

Binghamton heads to Syracuse as they round out their non-conference schedule

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton volleyball team (5-9) takes the shortest trip of their non-conference schedule Wednesday evening, visiting the Syracuse Orange (17-1). The match up with Syracuse is BU’s final match before conference play begins. Binghamton has never beaten Syracuse as a Division I program. The Orange is riding a nine-game winning streak over the Bearcats.

Binghamton defeated the Siena Saints last Wednesday in straight sets. BU played one of their best overall matches of the season, holding Siena to just a .044 hitting percentage. The Bearcats were consistent throughout the match committing just one ball handling error and 13 attack errors. Minimizing the mistakes were key to BU’s victory over Siena and continuing that trend will be imperative as they face a confident Syracuse team.

Syracuse is coming off their first loss of the season after falling to South Florida in five sets. During the Orange’s 17 game winning-streak they defeated Buffalo, Stony Brook, Niagara and Georgetown, all BU opponents this season.

Binghamton is 1-1 against Big East opponents this season. BU earned a straight set victory over St. John’s at the UB Blue and White Classic while being swept by Georgetown at their host tournament.

Fans will be able to follow the match with live stats by clicking here.

Bearcat Perspective

• Binghamton ranks second in the America East in kills per set (11.94), assists per set (11.04) and digs per set (14.83).

• Junior setter Julie Chambers leads the America East with 9.77 assists per set.

• Michelle McDonough and Anna Lejina are second and fourth in the America East, respectively, in kills per set.

• Xiomara Ortiz is pacing the Bearcat defense with 3.96 digs per set, good enough for fourth in the AE.

• Sophomore middle Alex Roland is currently fifth in the America East with 0.77 blocks per set.

Scouting the Orange

• Syracuse is tops in the Big East with a .303 hitting percentage.

• Noemie Lefebvre leads the Orange with 215 kills (3.47 kills per set).

• Setter Laura Homann is third in the Big East with 10.77 assists per set.

• Syracuse is just three victories away from their entire win total from last season.

Up Next: Binghamton kicks-off America East play at UMBC on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.

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