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Binghamton travels to Siena for non-conference matchup

Bearcats look to bounce back after a rough trip to Georgetown

September 22, 2010

Binghamton travels to Siena for non-conference matchup

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton volleyball team will take their talents east on Interstate 88 to play the Siena Saints Wednesday night. The match will be the first of two non-conference games for the Bearcats before they begin conference play Oct. 3 against UMBC. BU will be in Syracuse next Wednesday Sept. 29, versus the Orange.

The Bearcats are coming off a disappointing road trip where they competed in the Georgetown Classic. BU went 0-3 during the tournament, losing in straight sets to Georgetown and Furman. Binghamton showed some resolve against East Carolina, in their final match of the tournament, but eventually ran out of gas in a five-set thriller. It was the first win of the season for the Pirates.

Binghamton is 7-2 all-time versus Siena, defeating the Saints in straight sets (25-19, 25-20, 25-22) last season.

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A live video feed of the match will also be available by clicking here.

Bearcat Perspective

• Senior hitter’s Michelle McDonough and Anna Lejina have combined for 331 of the team’s 540 kills (61%).

• Freshman libero Xiomara Ortiz was named to the Georgetown Classic all-tournament team last weekend.

• Junior setter Julie Chambers leads the America East with 9.80 assists per set.

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

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

Scouting the Saints

• Siena defeated Niagara on Sunday in four sets to improve their record to 2-8 on the season.

• Niagara was selected as the preseason choice to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

• Binghamton beat Niagara Sept. 8 in a five set match.

• Siena was chosen to finish fourth in the MAAC.

• Senior outside hitter Aubrey Bobo was selected to the preseason all-conference team.

• Freshman Taylor Akana leads the Saints with 3.91 k/s (1st in the MAAC) and 2.77 d/s.

• Siena won the MAAC four years in a row from 2005-08.

Up Next: The Bearcats are in action one week from today, Wednesday, Sept. 29 against the Syracuse Orange. The match will take place in Syracuse, N.Y. at 7 p.m.

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