VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY RELEASE - Sept. 22, 2008
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This week's schedule:
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 at 7 p.m.
Game to be televised locally on Time Warner Sports Channel
Robert Morris @ Binghamton
Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at 1 p.m.
Up Next: Team
will travel to Siena and then host Robert Morris
Bearcats will have two tune-up matches this week as they prepare
for their conference schedule next week. First, the Bearcats
will travel to Siena to play a locally televised match against
the Saints. The game will be available in the Binghamton area
on Time Warner, Channel 23 at 7 p.m. The contest against Robert
Morris on Sunday will be the second home match of the season
at the West Gym for the Bearcats.
Saints are 2-8 so far this season but hold an impressive three-year
MAAC Championship winning streak. Last season, the Saints made
their third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament but were bounced
by eventual National Champion Penn State in the first round.
The Saints are led by Burgandy McCurty, the preseason MAAC Player
of the Year selection. McCurty is averaging 3.70 kills and 0.68
blocks per set. Binghamton holds a 13-5 all-time edge against
Siena and have won six of their last seven meetings since 2002.
In their last meeting in 2007 in Vestal, Binghamton swept Siena
3-0 (30-27, 30-26, 30-19) on October 23. Current sophomore Michelle McDonough posted a match-high
10 kills while current senior Jaclyn Strader came up with a match-high 15 digs
for the Bearcats.
Robert Morris: The
Colonials are out to a hot 8-4 start to the 2008 season. Last
year the Colonials were 18-11 (6-2) and made it all the way to
the NEC Championship match before bowing out to Long Island.
The team is led by sophomore Amanda Graham who is averaging 2.63
kills per set and 0.71 blocks per set. Graham was named to the
all-NEC first team in 2007. This will be the second all-time
meeting between the two schools. Robert Morris won the only other
meeting 3-1 in 2002.
named America East Setter of the Week on Sept. 22
was named America East Setter of the Week for the week ending
September 21. Mueller led the conference in assists last week,
totaling 153 assists for 10.93 a/s, while also averaging 2.64
digs per set and 0.64 blocks per set. The sophomore posted two
double-doubles on the week. Against Hofstra, she tallied 49 assists
and 11 digs, while recording 31 assists and 13 digs against Bowling
Green. The 49 assists against Hofstra was Mueller's season high,
while she also contributed four blocks in the match against the
Pride. She led the Bearcats in assists, ranked second in digs
and fourth on the squad in blocks for the week. This was the
third career weekly honor for Mueller who was named AE Setter
of the Week on October 22 and Rookie of the Week on September
10 of last year.
goes 1-2 at BGSU Invitational
Bearcats posted a 1-2 record at the BGSU/Best Western Invitational
this past weekend, defeating Hofstra 3-1, but were swept by Rice
and Bowling Green. Binghamton had an impressive victory over
Hofstra with many players setting season highs. In that match,
crushed 22 kills and posted a .375 hitting percentage (22-4-48)
and also contributed two blocks. Lejina was named to the all-tournament
team, her second in-season tournament honor of the season. Senior
Jaclyn Strader tallied a season-high 19 digs in the match to
go along with four total service aces.
Binghamton falls to Colgate in home opener 3-1
The Raiders came into town and spoiled the Bearcats home opener
on Tuesday night, defeating the hosts 3-1. Sophomores McDonough
and Lejina each tallied 14 kills
for the Bearcats and senior captain Ashley Allen contributed 12 kills of her own. McDonough
also came up with five blocks in the match.
talented sophomores excelling for Bearcats
core group of the Class of 2011 have been excelling on the court
so far this season for the Bearcats. Newcomer Lejina, returning
AE all-rookie selections Mueller and McDonough, and emerging
form one of the best young groups in the America East. All four
players rank among the conferences elite in their respective
positions. Outside hitters Lejina (3.19 k/s) and McDonough (3.02
k/s) are ranked third and fourth respectively in kills per set
in the AE. Mueller is ranked second in the AE in assists per
set (9.78) and Montford ranks third in blocks per set (0.96).