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For Immediate Release: July 9, 2009
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton volleyball to open 2009 season against Marshall on Aug. 28
Squad will also host four-team Binghamton Invite September 11-12

2009 Binghamton Volleyball Schedule

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton volleyball will open its 2009 season against Marshall on August 28th at the Hofstra Tournament, the school announced on Thursday. The Bearcats will also host the four-team Binghamton Invite (Sept. 11-12) and will play in four other preseason tournaments before conference play begins.

As usual, the Bearcats will feature a very competitive non-conference schedule, which includes two NCAA participants from a year ago - Yale and Siena. Binghamton will also face 11 non-conference foes that finished the 2008 season with an RPI better than Binghamton's final mark.

"The competition level of our schedule is just as demanding as the last couple of years," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We will be traveling to four quality tournaments in September and look forward to the challenge. We are also looking forward to the return of our home tournament and playing in front of our home crowd."

After taking on Marshall, Rhode Island and Hofstra in the opening weekend, the Bearcats will head to the Marquette Tournament, which will be a homecoming for a trio of Bearcats who hail from the Milwaukee/Chicago area.

The highlight of the preseason will be the Binghamton Invite, which will mark the first Bearcat-hosted tournament since 2004. The Bearcats will welcome in Cornell, Fairleigh Dickinson and Towson. Binghamton's final two tournaments will be the Army Tournament and the Yale Classic.

The Bearcats will host Siena (Sept. 30) as their final non-conference tuneup before heading to New Hampshire (Oct. 2) to kick off the America East portion of their schedule. The first conference match in the West Gym will be against UMBC on October 16. BU is 26-7 at home over the past four years.

Binghamton will have the challenging task of facing Albany twice in three days as the two schools will hook up in Albany on Friday, October 25 before squaring off again on Sunday in Vestal. Last season, the Great Danes knocked off Binghamton in the conference championship game.

The Bearcats will close the conference slate at home on November 13 against Hartford with the four-team AE tournament being held the following weekend at the conference's top seed. BU will be looking to advance to the tournament for the sixth consecutive year.

Kiriyama will return three first-team all-conference selections and five starters from a team that was 16-15 in 2008 and were the America East runners-up.

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