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The volleyball team welcomes back five starters and nine letterwinners from last season's squad which advanced to the America East title game for the second time in four seasons. Binghamton last won the America East title in 2005. This year, the Bearcats open up their season at the Hofstra Tournament on August 28 against Marshall. Binghamton's home opener is on Friday, Sept. 11 against Towson at 7 p.m as part of the team's home invitational.

Head Volleyball Coach Glenn Kiriyama


"We are really optimistic about this season. We have a good core coming back. We have three first-team all-conference members and they have a lot of experience. We are looking for their leadership this year and we are looking forward to starting the season."

"I think our expectations this year are a little higher than they have been in the past. We do have good experience. We lost a couple of starters but we are looking for some new players to step up. It's exciting."

"We got one member of this team that experienced the 2005 tournament championship (senior Brianna Strong). I know she is hungry for another one and the others have come close, so there is a lot of motivation on our team this year."

Junior outside hitter Michelle McDonough


"We have a lot of players coming back and we also have some new girls coming in. We have to be able to work together, communicate well and handle adversity."

"We are taking it one match at a time. We are using the non-conference tournament to find out what is working and what's not. That will help us for conference play and hopefully we will have a great conference tournament at the end of the season."

Senior middle blocker Dawn Lammert


"Everyone came in preseason pretty healthy this year, which is great. We are all working real hard to improve. We are looking forward to a good year."

"Being so close to winning the title last year is very motivating for us. It's nice to have that as a goal that we consider realistic to work towards."

"Everyone on this team is very disciplined, self motivated and pushes themselves. It is definitely going to be a big factor for us this year."
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