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BU travels to nation’s capital for Georgetown Classic

Bearcats look to break .500 for first time this season

September 8, 2010

BU travels to nation’s capital for Georgetown Classic

VESTAL, N.Y.—The Binghamton volleyball team will continue their road trip as they journey to Washington, D.C. to compete in three matches at the Georgetown Classic. Following an impressive 3-1 record last week, the Bearcats look to continue their winning ways. BU will face Georgetown, Furman and East Carolina from Sept. 17-18.

The Bearcats return to action after finishing second behind tournament-host Buffalo at the UB Blue and White Classic. BU went 2-1, defeating Hampton and St. John’s, snapping the Red Storm’s nine-match winning streak.

This weekend’s tournament marks the first-ever meetings between Binghamton and all three of their opponents.

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

A live video feed of the Binghamton and Georgetown match on Friday, Sept. 17 will also be available by clicking here.

Bearcat Perspective

• Senior hitter’s Michelle McDonough and Anna Lejina have combined for 257 of the team’s 415 kills (62%).

• McDonough and Lejina were named to the UB Blue and White Classic all-tournament team last weekend.

• Junior setter Julie Chambers leads the America East with 10 assists per set.

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

• Freshman libero Xiomara Ortiz is pacing the Bearcat defense with 3.59 digs per set, good enough for fourth in the AE.

• Chambers was named America East Setter of the Week for the second straight week after leading the conference with 11.14 a/s.

Scouting the Hoyas

• Georgetown won the Blackbird Invitational last weekend and is currently riding a five-game win streak.

• The Hoyas are off to a 7-5 start after finishing last season 14-16 (12th in the Big East).

• Georgetown returns five starters from last year’s squad.

• Kortney Robinson leads the Hoyas with 3.29 k/s and 2.62 d/s.

• Setter Ashley Malone is pacing the Georgetown offense with 10.44 a/s, fourth in the Big East.

Scouting the Paladins

• Furman is 3-6 on the year after defeating South Carolina State last Saturday.

• The Paladins are the defending Southern Conference regular season champions after going 16-0 during conference play, and 26-4 overall in 2009.

• The Paladins are returning five starters and were pick to finish second in the SoCon South.

• Sophomore Chandler Ambrester is tops on the team with 3.09 k/s, third in the Southern Conference.

• Junior Kelly Kirby and sophomore Caroline Adams were preseason All-SoCon selections

• The Paladins suffered a 3-1 defeat to Toledo, a 2010 opponent of the Bearcats.

Scouting the Pirates

• East Carolina is off to a 0-9 start this season after coming up empty-handed in the Wake Forest Black and Gold Challenge.

• The Pirates finished the 2009 campaign 9-19, 12th in Conference USA.

• Amanda Lutzow leads the team with 2.74 k/s while chipping in 2.13 d/s

• ECU is returning three starters, plus the libero from last year’s team

Georgetown Classic Schedule

Friday, September 17
5:00 p.m. - Binghamton at Georgetown
7:00 p.m. - East Carolina vs. Furman

Saturday, September 18
11:00 a.m. - Binghamton vs. Furman
1:00 p.m. - East Carolina at. Georgetown
4:30 p.m. - Binghamton vs. East Carolina
7:00 p.m. - Furman at Georgetown

Up Next: The Bearcats travel to Albany, N.Y. to take on the Siena Saints Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.

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