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This week's schedule:
Stony Brook @ Binghamton
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 at 7 p.m.
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Hartford @ Binghamton
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 at 1 p.m.
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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 Society’s 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.” Saturday’s 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 Hartford: Binghamton 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 eight digs.

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.

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