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BEARCAT VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - Nov. 6, 2008
Volleyball Contact - Matt Muzza - sports@binghamton.edu
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This week's schedule:
UMBC @ Binghamton (Senior Night)
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008 at 6 p.m.
[live statistics]/[live video...]

Albany @ Binghamton
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008 at 1 p.m.
[live statistics]/[live video...]

Up Next: Bearcats to hold Senior Night on Friday
The Bearcats will host their final two home regular season matches of the year this weekend. The team will honor its graduating seniors prior to Friday’s match against UMBC and will then welcome in Albany on Sunday. Both contest will feature both live stats and live video.

Strader on verge of BU digs milestone
Senior libero Jaclyn Strader is on the verge of becoming the schools all-time leader in any division in career digs. Strader is already the school's Division I leader but is only 10 digs shy of passing Donna Lund as the all-division leader. Lund competed at the Division III level from 1990-93 for Binghamton and finished her career with 1,548 digs. Strader currently has 1,539 and could move past Lund on senior night on Friday, which would be a fitting tribute. Strader is also in the schools top five for Division I career service aces and sets played.

Scouting Binghamton:
The Bearcats (13-12, 7-1) have won four matches in a row and nine of their last 10 and sit in second place in the conference. Last weekend the Bearcats picked up a pair of sweeps over Hartford and Stony Brook and also clinched their fifth consecutive postseason appearance. The Bearcats are tops in the America East in blocking (2.20 per set) and are paced in that category by the AE’s top blocker in junior Dawn Lammert (1.10 bps). Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough ranks second in the conference with a 3.45 kills per set average.

Scouting UMBC: The Retrievers (16-10, 5-4) have dropped four of their last five matches and sit in third place in the conference. The Retrieves feature a pair of talented freshen in Alyssa Lang and Allie Spaay. Lang is second on their team in kills per set and first in aces. The duo has won every America East Rookie of the Week award this season.

All-time series against UMBC: Binghamton leads the all-time series 10-3 and earned a hard-fought four-set victory in Maryland earlier this season. In that match, McDonough had 21 kills and scooped up 14 digs.

Scouting Albany: The Great Danes (17-8, 9-0) have won 11 straight matches and are undefeated in conference this season. Senior Kamisha Kellam leads the AE in hitting percentage (.369) and ranks fourth in blocks (1.00 per set) The Great Danes rank first in the conference in kills, hitting percentage, assists and digs.

All-time series against Albany: Albany holds an 11-4 edge in the all-time series. Earlier this season the Great Danes dealt the Bearcats their only conference loss of the season.

Senior Night to be held prior to UMBC match
Senior co-captains Jaclyn Strader and Ashley Allen, along with Katie Thomas will be honored in a pre-match ceremony prior to the UMBC match. Strader and Allen are four-year players while Thomas is a two-year transfer. Strader is the Division I all-time leader in digs and Allen ranks in the top ten in both career kills and blocks.

Bearcats clinch AE postseason berth for fifth straight year
For the fifth consecutive season the Bearcats have clinched an America East postseason berth. Binghamton has been in the top four in the conference every year since 2004 and even won the AE Championship in 2005. The tournament will be held the weekend of November 21 and will be hosted by the regular season champion.

McDonough earns pair of weekly accolades
Sophomore Michelle McDonough became the first Bearcat at the Division I level to be named to a national team of the week in volleyball. The Collegiate Volleyball Update named McDonough to its top performer of the week list. The America East also honored McDonough last week, naming her the AE Player of the Week. On the week, she averaged 5.00 kills, 2.89 digs, and 0.69 blocks while helping the Bearcats to a 3-0 mark. Teammate Lindsey Mueller was also honored by the conference, earning setter of the week accolades for the third time this season.

AMERICA EAST STANDINGS
Team

W

L

Pct.

W

L

Pct.
Albany

9

0

1.000

17

8

.680
Binghamton

7

1

.875

13

12

.520
UMBC

5

4

.556

16

10

.615
Maine

4

5

.444

11

12

.478
New Hampshire

3

6

.333

6

19

.240
Stony Brook

2

6

.250

11

15

.423
Hartford

0

8

.000

6

21

.222

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