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BEARCAT VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - Nov. 11, 2008
Volleyball Contact - Matt Muzza - sports@binghamton.edu
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This week's schedule:
Binghamton @ Maine
Friday, Nov. 14, 2008 at 7 p.m.
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Binghamton @ New Hampshire
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at 5 p.m.
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Up Next: Bearcats to wrap up regular season
The Bearcats will play their final two regular season games on the road this weekend, competing at Maine on Friday at 7 p.m. and New Hampshire on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Scouting Binghamton:
The Bearcats (14-13, 8-2) have secured the number two seed for the upcoming America East tournament hosted in Albany on November 21-22. Binghamton has won 10 of their last 12 matches with both losses coming to the number one seed Great Danes. Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough is now ranked second in the conference in kills per set with a 3.56 average and classmate Anna Lejina is third with a 3.43 kills per set clip. Junior middle Dawn Lammert leads the America East with 1.12 blocks per set and sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller is second in the conference with 10.31 assists per set. As a team the Bearcats lead the AE in blocks per set (2.25).

Scouting Maine The Black Bears (13-12, 6-5) have clinched a playoff berth and will either be a number three or number four seed. If Maine earns the three seed they will face Binghamton in the semifinals. The Black Bears won two AE matches last weekend to clinch their berth and senior hitter Laura Goettsch earned AE player of the week honors.

All-time series against Maine: Binghamton leads the all-time series 11-4 and have won each of the last six matches. Binghamton beat Maine in three sets in Vestal earlier this season. In that match McDonough had 14 kills while hitting at a .440 clip.

Scouting New Hampshire: The Wildcats (7-20, 4-7) have been eliminated from the AE postseason but hold a 3-2 conference mark at home this season. Junior Kirsten Bates leads the Wildcats with a 3.32 kills per set average. New Hampshire has lost three of its last four matches

All-time series against New Hampshire: Binghamton trails the all-time series 8-5. The Bearcats have won two of their last three meetings, including a four-set match earlier this year in Vestal. In that match, Lejina had 13 kills and McDonough had 12.

Strader becomes career all-division digs leader
Senior captain and libero Jaclyn Strader became the all-division leader in career digs last Friday on senior night against UMBC. Strader already became the schools Division I career dig leader earlier this season but passed Donna Lund (1990-93) of the Division III era to take the all-division crown. Strader now has 1,567 for her career.

Bearcats clinch number two seed for playoffs
For the fifth consecutive season the Bearcats have clinched an America East postseason berth and will be the number two seed at the upcoming America East tournament hosted by Albany. The only school who has an active streak longer than Binghamton’s is Albany, who has made it to the conference tournament for seven straight years.

AMERICA EAST STANDINGS
Team

W

L

Pct.
x-Albany

10

0

1.000
x-Binghamton

8

2

.800
x-Maine

6

5

.545
UMBC

5

5

.500
New Hampshire

4

7

.364
Stony Brook

3

7

.300
Hartford

0

10

.000
x-clinched playoff berth       

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