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BEARCAT VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - Oct. 16, 2008
Volleyball Contact - Matt Muzza - sports@binghamton.edu
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This week's schedule:
Binghamton @ Albany
Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at 7 p.m.

Binghamton @ UMBC
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008 at 2 p.m.
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Up Next: Bearcats to hit the road for five straight matches
After playing five straight home matches, the Bearcats will now take it to the road for five consecutive contests. This weekend Binghamton will compete against Albany and UMBC, who currently sit in a three-way tie with Binghamton atop the conference standings, each with a 4-0 conference mark. Binghamton will play its final out of conference game on Oct. 28 at Cornell and then will conclude the road swing at both Hartford then Stony Brook the following weekend.

Scouting Binghamton:
The Bearcats (9-11, 4-0) have won their first four America East matches and their last five overall. Each of the current games of the win streak were playing in the friendly confines of the West Gym, where the Bearcats are 5-1 on the season. As a team, the Bearcats are first in blocks per set in the AE with a 2.26 average and junior Dawn Lammert (1.08 bps) and sophomore Mercedes Montford (1.00) rank first and fourth in the conference, respectively. Sophomore Anna Lejina ranks fourth in kps (3.29) and sophomore Michelle McDonough sits fifth in kps (3.19). Sophomore Lindsey Mueller ranks second in assists per set with 9.80.

Scouting Albany: The Great Danes (12-8, 4-0) are the defending America East champions. They bring a six-game home streak into Friday night’s contest and lead the conference in both kills and assists. Sophomore Amanda Cowdrey ranks third in the conference in kills per set (3.43) and Kamisha Kellam has the best hitting percentage in the America East with a .352 clip. Kellam also ranks fifth in the conference in blocks and is a returning all-conference first team selection from 2007.

All-time series against Albany: Since Binghamton moved to Division I in 2001, Albany has dominated the series 10-4, and have also won the last three meetings.

Scouting UMBC: The Retrievers (15-6, 4-0) are on a current six-game winning streak and have been perfect this far in America East play. UMBC leads the conference in both digs and service aces. Offensively, they are led by junior Ashley Oscars (2.82 kps) and freshman Alyssa Lang (2.78 kps). Sophomore Bridget Scheetz ranks second in the conference behind Lammert with 1.07 blocks per set.

All-time series against UMBC: Binghamton holds a solid 9-3 edge all-time against UMBC. Binghamton also swept the season series in 2007.

McDonough named America East player of the week
Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough was been named the America East Player of the Week for the week ending October 12. McDonough posted a 3.74 kills per set average while hitting at a .333 percentage (26-9-51) last week. She also averaged 1.86 digs per set and 1.00 blocks per set. Against Maine, she put up a match-high 14 kills while hitting at a .440 clip (14-3-25) and also tallied four digs and five blocks. She also added 12 kills and nine digs in the win over New Hampshire. The sophomore also moved into the school's Division I top 10 list this week in career kills and has a two-year total of 488.

Allen moves into fourth place on career blocks list
Senior Ashley Allen took over sole possession of fourth place on Binghamton’s all-time block list by moving past former teammate Kathleen Schauer in Saturday’s match against New Hampshire. Allen now has 259 total blocks in her career. Allen also currently sits in seventh place on the school’s all-time kill list.

AMERICA EAST STANDINGS
Team

W

L

Pct.

W

L

Pct.
UMBC

4

0

1.000

15

6

.714
Albany

4

0

1.000

12

8

.600
Binghamton

4

0

1.000

9

11

.450
Stony Brook

0

3

.000

9

12

.429
Maine

0

3

.000

7

10

.412
Hartford

0

3

.000

5

16

.238
New Hampshire

0

3

.000

3

16

.158

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