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Volleyball announces schedule for 2012 campaign
Bearcats are slated for seven home matches, begin season Aug. 24 at Boston College Tournament
June 18, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball program announced its schedule for the 2012 campaign as released by head coach Glenn Kiriyama on Monday.
“Our pre-conference schedule is as tough as any that we’ve had,” Kiriyama said. “Our schedule includes a good mixture of teams with opponents from some of the big volleyball conferences, such as the Big 10, Big 12, and ACC. The high-caliber competition should help prepare us for the much improved America East teams.”
Binghamton’s upcoming schedule includes 28 total matches with 12 against America East opponents. The Bearcats will play seven matches inside the friendly confines of West Gym. The 16-match non-conference slate features four tournaments, including the Boston College Tournament, Maryland Tournament, Zips Invitational and Tulane Tournament.
BU will open the season on August 24-25 at the Boston College Tournament with matches against Texas Tech (Big 12), Siena (MAAC) and Fordham (Patriot League) in addition to the host team. Binghamton has never faced Texas Tech or Fordham, but holds a 9-2 all-time series advantage over Siena. The Bearcats fell to Boston College in their only meeting in 2007.
Following the Boston College Tournament, Binghamton heads to College Park to take part in the Maryland Invitational August 31-September 1. Joining the Bearcats and Terrapins (ACC) will be Ohio State (Big 10) and Seton Hall (Big East). Last season, the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Regional semifinals after earning an at-large bid and finished the season with a No. 23 ranking in the AVCA poll. Binghamton will oppose Ohio State and Seton Hall for the first time, while Maryland has won both meetings with the Bearcats.
After their trip to Maryland, BU visits Akron (MAC) for the Zips Invitational September 7-8. Youngstown St. (Horizon League) and SIU-Edwardsville (Ohio Valley) complete the field in Ohio. Binghamton owns a 2-0 record all-time against the hosts while Youngstown St. holds a 2-1 advantage over the Bearcats. When BU serves it up against SID-Edwardsville it will be the first-ever meeting.
Binghamton will play Siena for a second time taking the trip down Interstate 88 to the Albany-area for a non-conference matchup on September 12.
Binghamton’s final tournament is also their longest trip, traveling to New Orleans to compete in the Tulane Tournament September 14-15. Baylor (Big 12) and UTEP (Conference USA), a pair of teams Binghamton has never met, conclude the field in the Bayou. Baylor ended the 2011 season with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament and ranked 49th in NCAA RPI. The Bearcats will also play Tulane for the first time.
Binghamton wraps up their preseason schedule with a non-conference road match against Syracuse (Big East) on September 19. The Bearcats are in search of their first victory over the Orange (0-11) since elevating to the Division I level.
As for the America East portion of the schedule, Binghamton opens up at home against UMBC on Friday, September 21. The Bearcats play home-and-home matches with each of the six conference members. In the middle of conference play Binghamton will host Ivy League member Cornell on October 9. Last year, Binghamton defeated the Big Red in four sets in Ithaca.
Senior Day will take place on Sunday, November 4 against two-time defending America East champion Albany before the Bearcats conclude their schedule a week later at Stony Brook.
The top four teams in the conference standings will advance to the America East tournament held Nov. 17-18 at the home of the top seed. Last year, Binghamton failed to advance to the conference tournament for the first time since 2003. The America East champion receives an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, a trip the Bearcats are looking to make for the third time (2005, 2009).