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This week's schedule:

Pitt Classic

Binghamton vs. Ohio
Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 at 11 a.m.

Binghmaton at Pittsburgh
Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 at 7 p.m.

Binghamton vs. Eastern Kentucky
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 at 11 a.m.

Up Next: Pitt Classic

The Bearcats will return to action this weekend at the Pitt Classic. The team will face Ohio and Pittsburgh on Friday and Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. The Bearcats have never faced any of these opponents. Live stats will be available.

Scouting Ohio:
Ohio (0-3) will prove to be a tough early season test for the Bearcats. The Bobcats are receiving votes in AVCA preseason and are coming off a 26-6 year in which they earned an NCAA tournament at-large bid. The Bobcats were ranked as high as 15th in the nation last year. Ohio participated in the Hawaiian Airlines Volleyball Classic last weekend, dropping matches to defending national champion and number one ranked Penn State, No. 6 UCLA and No. 12 Hawaii. The Bobcats were paced on offense by junior hitter Ellen Herman who posted 3.67 kills per set.

Scouting Pittsburgh:
The Panthers (1-2) are hosting this weekend's tournament and are coming off a 15-16 season. The Big East member returns five starters and their libero for first-year coach Toby Rens. Pittsburgh went 1-2 at Kentucky Classic last weekend, losing in five matches to Kentucky, dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 13 Wisconsin before beating Western Carolina 3-1. The Panthers were led by sophomore Amy Town’s 3.58 kills per set average.

Scouting Eastern Kentucky:
The Colonels of the Ohio Valley conference are off to a 1-2 start to the 2008 season after knocking off Grambling State but losing to South Florida and Northeastern at the South Florida Invitational. Eastern Kentucky posted a 5-25 record in 2007.

Bearcats open season by going 2-1 at NAU Invitational
Binghamton opened its 2008 campaign by taking two of three matches at the Northern Arizona Invitational this past weekend. The Bearcats swept both Rutgers and Akron before being stopped by Northern Arizona in straight sets in the tournament finale. Binghamton beat Rutgers on Friday night by scores of 25-14, 25-16, 25-11. The Bearcats next wiped out the Zips of Akron on Saturday with scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-21 before falling to Northern Arizona (20-25, 14-25, 21-25).

Sophomores McDonough and Lejina named to all-tournament team
Outside hitters Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) and Anna Lejina (Riga, Latvia) had outstanding starts to their sophomore seasons by being named to the NAU Invitational all-tournament team. McDonough tallied 3.38 kills and 2.00 digs per set on the weekend. Lejina, playing her first weekend with the Bearcats after transferring from the University of Latvia averaged 3.78 kills on the weekend while hitting at a .353 percentage.

Strader takes claim of program’s career digs record
Senior libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) collected 11 digs in the opener against Rutgers to break the school’s Divison I career digs record. Ashley Meffert (2003-06) previously held the record with 1,266 career digs. Strader, who entered her senior season with 1,261, finished the weekend with 29 digs to give her a career total of 1,290. The senior will now have her eyes set on the school’s all-time record of 1,548 held by Donna Lund (1990-93) of the Division III era.

Bearcats set top two marks for single match team hitting percentage
Binghamton posted a blistering .393 hitting percentage against Rutgers in their opening match of the 2008 season to shatter the previous Division I record of .354. The next day against Akron, Binghamton stayed hot and hit at a .355 mark, good for the second-highest total for the program.

Highest DI team single-match hitting percentage totals
1. .393 (43-10-84) vs. Rutgers 8-29-08
2. .355 (48-15-93) vs. Akron 8-30-08
3. .354 (46-12-96) vs. Delaware 9-24-05

Notes, Numbers, Trends, Streaks...
Strader recently moved into first place on the Division I career digs chart and currently sits at 1,290...The Bearcats are leading the America East in hitting percentage so far in this young season with a .273 clip...Binghamton also sets second in AE team rankings in kills (14.67/s), assists (14.00/s), and blocks (1.89/s)...sophomores Lejina and McDonough currently rank second and third in kills per set, respectively... Senior
Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) and junior Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wis.) rank third and fourth respectively in blocks per set...Sophomore Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis.) sits second in assists per set with 12.11

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