VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - Sept. 2, 2008
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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
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 Towns 3.58 kills per
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.
open season by going 2-1 at NAU Invitational
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).
McDonough and Lejina named to all-tournament team
(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.
takes claim of programs career digs record
(Kettering, Ohio) collected 11 digs in the opener against Rutgers
to break the schools 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 schools all-time
record of 1,548 held by Donna Lund (1990-93) of the Division
set top two marks for single match team hitting percentage
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.
DI team single-match hitting percentage totals
.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