For Immediate Release: November 22, 2008
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BU volleyball falls to Albany in AE Championship 3-0

McDonough and Lejina named to all-tournament team

Box Score

ALBANY, N.Y. - Senior Kamisha Kellam and the Albany Great Danes (22-8, 12-0) knocked off Binghamton (16-15, 9-3) 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-18) in the America East Championship match in Albany on Saturday evening.

"It was tough for us tonight," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We didn't start out very strong. We did our best and we fought hard down the stretch and tried to come back, but it's tough to come back on a team like Albany. We wish we could have done better but that's just the way it went tonight."

Binghamton's most productive set was the second. The Bearcats trailed 23-14, but then went on a 5-0 spurt to push the score to 23-19. Albany then regrouped and closed out the set and pushed the match score to 2-0.

Binghamton carried the momentum of their late run in the second into the third set and came out of the gates with a 4-1 lead. That lead eventually grew to a 13-8 Bearcat advantage, but Albany rattled off five straight to tie the game at 13-13. The Great Danes continued their hot streak and pushed the lead to 20-15. The Great Danes went on to win the set 25-18 and score the three-set sweep.

Kellam, the America East Player of the Year and the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, knocked down a team-high 10 kills for Albany while hitting at a .476 clip.

Hillary White had seven blocks for Albany, who outblocked Binghamton 12 to 1 in the match. The blocking differential proved to be problematic for Binghamton.

"Albany really controlled the nets and shut down our offense," Kiriyama said.

The Bearcats were led by sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough, who notched 11 kills, and sophomore hitter Anna Lejina, who had 10 kills. The two sophomores also represented the Bearcats on the all-tournament team.

Sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller dished out 27 assists for the Bearcats.

This loss marked the final match for Bearcat seniors Ashley Allen, Jaclyn Strader and Katie Thomas. Allen had seven kills, Strader scooped seven digs and Thomas had a team-high 12 digs.

Notes: Albany has now won the last three conference championships ... McDonough capped off her stellar sophomore campaign with 385 total kills, the fourth highest season total in the schools D1 history.

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