VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - Oct. 9, 2008
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Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 at 7 p.m.
New Hampshire @ Binghamton
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at 4 p.m.
Up Next: Bearcats to host Maine,
New Hampshire this weekend
The Bearcats are looking to improve on their 2-0 conference start
as they host Maine and New Hampshire this weekend. The matches
will be the conclusion of a five-match home stand before the
squad hits the road for their next five matches.
The Bearcats have won three matches in a row and four of their
last six. Binghamton won their first two America East matches
of the season last weekend, sweeping both Stony Brook and Hartford.
The Bearcats sit in a three-way tie for first place in the young
conference season. As a team, the Bearcats are first in blocks
per set in the AE with a 2.25 average and junior Dawn
Lammert (1.07 bps) and sophomore Mercedes
Montford (0.98) sit third and fourth in the conference, respectively.
Sophomore Anna Lejina ranks fourth
in kps (3.29) and sophomore Michelle
McDonough sits fifth in kps (3.13). Sophomore Lindsey
Mueller ranks second in assists per set with 9.78.
Scouting Maine: The Black Bears (7-9, 0-2) dropped
their first two conference matches of the year last weekend,
losing to Albany and UMBC. Maine sits atop the conference rankings
in service aces per game and is led in kills by senior Lindsey
Allman (2.73 per set).
All-time series against
Maine: Binghamton leads
the all-time series, 10-4 and have won each of the last five
Scouting New Hampshire: The Wildcats (3-15, 0-2 AE) are currently
on a seven-game losing skid, but have faced tough competition
during that stretch. They have recently fallen to No. 1 Penn
State as well as losing their first two conference matches to
Albany and UMBC, who are both 2-0 in the AE to date. The Wildcats
are paced by 2007 first team all-conference selection Kirsten
Bates who ranks second in the AE with 3.50 kps and Alyse Lahti,
who leads the conference with 4.11 digs per set.
All-time series against
New Hampshire: The
Wildcats lead the all-time series 8-4, but the Bearcats have
won four of the past six meetings. The teams split the 2007 series,
with each team winning at home.
Lejina and Mueller claim
weekly America East accolades
Sophomore Anna Lejina was named America
East Player of the Week and sophomore setter Lindsey
Mueller was named America East Setter of the Week. Both were
key contributors in BUs 2-0 conference start last week.
Lejina averaged four kills per set last week and had 13 kills
against Stony Brook and 11 kills against Hartford. She also had
eight blocks in the victory over Hartford. Mueller averaged 10
assists per set, while also posting 2.33 digs per set and 1.17
blocks per set for the week.
Bearcats moving up career charts
Senior Ashley Allen has recently moved
into fourth place all time on the career Division I block assists
list with 246 and is currently tied with former teammate Kathleen
Schauer for fourth place for total blocks with 258. Sophomore
Michelle McDonough is on the verge
of cracking the Division I career kills top 10, as she already
has 462 in less than two full seasons. McDonough needs seven
kills to displace Katelyn Robinson for tenth all-time. Senior
libero Jaclyn Strader is already the
Division I leader in career digs.