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Kiriyama Adds Four To Volleyball Program

Bearcats reload with three state champions for the 2014 season

June 5, 2014


Kiriyama Adds Four To Volleyball Program

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton volleyball coach Glenn Kiriyama has announced the addition of four student-athletes, who will join his program for the 2014 season. The Bearcats, who lost just three seniors last November, will return five starters to the fold next fall. However, two of those seniors are four-year libero Xiomara Ortiz and three-year captain Grace Vickers.

Kiriyama, a three-time America East Coach of the Year, will have to fill the large voids in his rotation left by Ortiz and Vickers and hopes to do so with a solid core of returners and incoming freshmen Mirei Kato (Riverside, Conn.), Alexis LaGoy (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Kristella Morina (Yonkers, N.Y.) and Sarah Ngo (Franklin, Tenn.).

“We are excited for this recruiting class to begin their careers with the Bearcats’ program,” Kiriyama said. “Their overall experience and athleticism will enable them to immediately contribute to our success this coming season. Each of them fills a specific need of the team and will bolster a strong group of returners.”

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Mirei Kato (Setter/Defensive Specialist) won four letters while attending Greenwich High where she led her school to it’s first-ever Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) Class LL State Championship in 2010. Kato, a 5-foot-8 setter, led Greenwich to the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) title in 2013 while being named league MVP and earning first-team All-State honors. The two-time team captain and MVP earned FCIAC athletic achievement awards in 2012 and 2013.

Alexis LaGoy (Outside Hitter) earned four letters at Baldwinsville High School leading her team to a dominant 50-3-1 record. The day before signing her National Letter of Intent to play for Binghamton, LaGoy led Baldwinsville to its second New York State Class AA title in four years. LaGoy was named the tournament MVP after leading the Bees to a perfect 18-0 record. A two-time Class AA first-team all-state selection, LaGoy was the CNY Player of the Year in 2012 and named the Section III Finals MVP in 2012 and 2013. 

Kristella Morina (Middle), a four-year starter at Yonkers High, was a three-time all-league selection. During her senior season, Morina registered a team-high 214 kills leading her team to a perfect 11-0 league record, earning the Conference II Player of the Year award. Morina was also named to the all-section and all-country teams following her final high school season. A National and Spanish Honor Society student, Morina stellar player earned her five all-tournament team honors in 2013.

Sarah Ngo (Setter) won a letter at Ravenwood High before earning three more at Centennial High, both outside Nashville, Tenn. A 5-foot-8 setter, Ngo was a three-time all-district selection from 2011-2013. During her lone year at Ngo-NLIRavenwood, Ngo won a Class AAA state title in 2010, the first of three straight for the Raptors. In 2012, Ngo helped beat her former team with 15 assists to win the Ironman Invitational in Huntsville, Ala. Ngo is a member of the National Honor Society and won an academic excellence award four consecutive years from 2011-2014.

Binghamton finished the 2013 season with a 9-19 overall record and a 7-7 mark in America East play placing fifth in the final league standings. The Bearcats missed the America East tournament for just the second time in the last 10 years after winning their third conference title in 2012.

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