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BEARCAT VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - Sept. 15, 2008
Volleyball Contact - Matt Muzza - sports@binghamton.edu
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This week's schedule:
Colgate @ Binghamton
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008 at 7 p.m.
Live Stats

Bowling Green/Best Western Invitational
Binghamton @ Bowling Green
Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 at 7 p.m.

Binghmaton vs. Hofstra
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at 10 a.m.

Binghamton vs. Rice
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.

Up Next: Home opener and Bowling Green Invitational
The Bearcats will try to halt their four-game losing steak in their home opener against Colgate on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. from the West Gym. This weekend the squad will travel to Ohio to compete in the Bowling Green/Best Western Invitational with Rice, Hofstra and host Bowling Green. Binghamton will face Bowling Green at 7 p.m. Friday night and then will have a quick turn-around to match up against Hofstra at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The final match of the weekend for the Bearcats will be against Rice at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon.

Scouting Colgate: The Bearcats hold a 10-8 all-time edge over the Raiders (3-6) and have won the last seven meetings. The two teams last met in 2007, with Binghamton earning a 3-0 win. Ashley Allen posted 10 blocks and eight kills in the match. Colgate’s top offensive player is Katrina Zawojski, who is averaging 3.86 kills per set.

Scouting Bowling Green: This will be the first ever meeting between the Bearcats and the Falcons. Bowling Green has started the season at an impressive 9-2 mark and has been paced by seniors Kendra Halm (3.07 k/s, .369 hitting pct.) and Chelsey Meek (4.82 d/s). Bowling Green was 3-0 in this tournament last year, defeating Duquense, DePaul, and Valparaiso.

Scouting Hofstra: The Pride (4-5) beat the Bearcats in their only meeting at the Division I level back in 2004 3-0. Hofstra has been playing some stiff competitions so far this season, already facing #5 USC and #20 San Diego. The Pride are led by Harmonie Calinda 3.50 k/s and Lauren Engle (3.09 k/s).

Scouting Rice: The Owls (5-2) will meet the Bearcats for the first time on Saturday. Rice is led by Tracey Lam (5.17 d/s) Karyn Morgan(3.29 k/s) and Meredith Schamun (11.12 a/s). As of Sept. 14, Rice was ranked sixth in the nation in digs per set (17.9), 13th in the nation in assists per set (13.15) and 16th in the nation in kills per set (14.1)

Bearcats go 0-3 at UVA tourney; Allen gets all-tourney nod
Binghamton dropped all three of its matches at the University of Virginia’s Marriot Jefferson Cup last weekend. The Bearcats lost to Appalachian St 1-3, Virginia 0-3, and VCU 2-3. Ashley Allen became the fourth Bearcat this season to be named to an all-tournament team.
Bearcats named to all-tournament teams in 2008
NAU Tournament
Michelle McDonough, Anna Lejina
Pitt Classic
Lindsey Mueller
UVA Tournament
Ashley Allen

Notes, Numbers, Trends, Streaks...
Lindsey Mueller posted two double-doubles at the University of Virginia’s Marriot Jefferson Cup. The second-year setter accomplished the feats against Appalachian St. (38 assists, 11 digs) and VCU (46 assists, 11 digs). Mueller now has four double-doubles on the season and 28 in her young career ... Sophomore Mercedes Montford and junior Dawn Lammert each came up with five blocks against VCU on Saturday ... Senior Brianna Strong played a solid game against Syracuse, tallying 11 kills and 18 digs ... Senior captain Jaclyn Strader posted a team-high 15 digs versus VCU and leads the team in total digs this season (93). Strader is already the Division I all-time leader in total digs and currently sits at 1,354.

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