Immediate Release: November 21, 2008
In the fifth and final set, Binghamton jumped out to a 9-2 lead on four attack errors by UMBC and a couple kills of their own. UMBC then called a time-out to regroup and ran off a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 9-7. Binghamton then pieced together a 6-3 spurt and closed out the match on a McDonough kill. Senior captain Ashley Allen came up huge in the final set with two kills and two blocks.
The theme of the match seemed to be big runs made by each team to create huge gaps in each of the first four sets, which they split.
"We were tough in the games that we won and they were on when they won," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "None of the games were that close until the fifth. The first four were blowouts either way."
The Bearcats held a 12-10 early lead in the first set and then ripped off a 10-2 run to hold a commanding 22-12 advantage. The Retrievers took three of the next four points to begin a comeback but then Binghamton grabbed the next two to close set one with a 25-15 win. McDonough posted eight kills in the set.
UMBC led throughout the second set, but Binghamton kept it close and trailed 17-16 late in the frame. UMBC then got on a hot streak and closed on a 8-1 run to even the match score at 1-1. UMBC hit at an astounding .517 clip in the set (17-2-29).
The third set was knotted at 9-9 early and then Binghamton exploded on a 11-1 run. The spurt was highlighted by senior libero Jaclyn Strader dropping in four service aces. Down 20-10, UMBC did make a run of their own but Binghamton eventually won the set with a 25-18 score and a 2-1 match lead.
Things were looking close in the fourth set and Binghamton had a small 12-9 lead but UMBC went on an unbelievable 12-0 run to push the lead to 20-12 and eventually won the set 25-14 to set up the fifth and final set.
Sophomore hitter Anna Lejina contributed 12 kills for the Bearcats. Allen added 12 kills of her own to go along with six blocks.
Sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller dished out 43 assists and also scooped up 10 digs.
will take on the winner of the Albany-Maine semifinal on Saturday
at 4 p.m. with the conference title and an automatic NCAA bid
on the line.
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