VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - Oct. 2, 2008
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Brook @ Binghamton
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 at 7 p.m.
Hartford @ Binghamton
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 at 1 p.m.
Up Next: Bearcats to start
America East conference play at home
The Bearcats are set to begin their 2008 America East campaign
with two conference matches at home this weekend against Stony
Brook and Hartford. Last season Binghamton rode a 7-5 AE mark
to a four-seed at the conference tournament. Their appearance
in the semifinals marked the fourth consecutive year that the
squad finished in the top four in the America East.
Bearcats participating in
Think Pink Campaign
Along with other varsity athletic teams at Binghamton, the volleyball
squad will be taking part in the American Cancer Societys
Think Pink Campaign. Each team will promote breast cancer awareness
by wearing various pink articles of clothing during a designated
game. Some teams will wear pink warm-up suits, tee shirts, swim
caps, hair ribbons, and other items. In addition the BU College
Against Cancer Student Chapter will be at each game to paint
pink fingernails and also spread the message of cancer awareness
to the college students and fans. We are excited to support
such a terrific cause, head coach Glenn Kiriyama said.
I know that our team is looking forward to doing their
part to raise awareness of breast cancer and funds to help the
American Cancer Society locally. Saturdays match
against Stony Brook will be the first home date for the Pink
Campaign on campus over the next week.
Scouting Stony Brook: The Seawolves enter conference play
with a 9-9 record and have won five of their last six matches.
Senior Gulce Nazli Dikecligil has proven herself to be one of
the top players in the conference. Dikecligil is already a three-time
AE player of the week selection this season and ranks first in
the conference in kills (3.56), first in service aces (0.70),
and sixth in hitting percentage (.262). Her service ace average
is tops in the nation. Stony Brook claimed the 2007 AE regular
season championship with an 11-2 record.
All-time series against
Stony Brook: Stony
Brook holds a close 8-7 advantage over Binghamton during its
Division I tenure but the Seawolves have won four of the last
five meetings. In 2007, Stony Brook defeated Binghamton twice
during the regular season and then knocked the Bearcats out of
the America East Semifinals.
Scouting Hartford: The Hawks are off to a 5-12 start and
have been led by junior Erin Macro, who is averaging 2.97 kills
per set. Junior libero Sarah Boss has been pacing the Hawks defense
by scooping up 3.32 digs per set.
All-time series against
holds a 10-2 all-time edge over Hartford and has won eight straight
matches. The Bearcats last faced the Hawks on November 11, 2007,
on senior night, when the Binghamton sent its four members of
the Class of 2008 out in style with a 3-0 victory.
Bearcats use all five sets
to dispose of Robert Morris
Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough
posted a career-high 20 kills and grabbed 12 digs to lead Binghamton
over visiting Robert Morris 3-2 (22-25, 25-13 13-25, 25-15, 15-5)
at the West Gym on Sunday. The Colonials took the first and third
set while the Bearcats were victorious in the second and fourth,
setting up the deciding final set. The Bearcats jumped out to
a 9-0 lead in the fifth set on the strength of sophomore Lindsey Mueller's service game. The squad
was also aided by three blocks apiece in the final frame by senior
Ashley Allen and sophomore Mercedes
Montford. Junior blocker Dawn Lammert
knocked down a season-high seven blocks in the match while Allen
totaled six. Senior libero Jaclyn Strader
scooped up a match-high 19 digs for the Bearcats. Mueller had
a solid all-around match, tallying 46 assists, four kills and
Senior captain Ashley Allen
moving up blocks chart
Senior captain Ashley Allen stopped six shots against
Robert Morris last Sunday. During the game Allen moved into fifth
place on the Division I career blocks list and now has a four-year
total of 250. Next up on the list for Allen is Kathleen Schauer,
a 2008 graduate, who ranks in fourth place with 258 blocks.