For Immediate Release: October 23, 2009
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Albany volleyball outlasts Binghamton 3-2
Bearcats rallied from down 2-0 to force fifth set

Box Score

Albany, N.Y. - Albany's Valerie Sourbeer posted 18 kills to lead
Albany (15-8, 5-0 AE) to a 3-2 win (25-12, 29-27, 18-25, 21-25, 15-11) over Binghamton (11-10, 3-2 AE) on Friday night.

Albany won the first two sets, but Binghamton fought back to take sets three and four before Albany claimed the victory in the fifth stanza.

"We stared off really slow and couldn't get things going," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "But we picked it up in the second game and had a good match from there on out. It was a pretty good comeback by our team, but we couldn't get that fifth set. They gave a great effort."

Binghamton led 9-8 in the final set, but Albany put down five straight kills to lead 13-9. After two straight BU points, Albany rattled off the final two points of the match to close the five-set win.

Albany cruised past Binghamton 25-12 in the first set but after trailing 19-13 in the second set, Binghamton ripped off an 11-3 run to take set point at 24-22. Albany eventually fought back to win the set 29-27, but momentum had begun to shift to Binghamton.

Binghamton then held a slight 15-13 lead in the third set before using a 6-1 run to take control of the set 21-14. Albany then knocked down three straight kills to prompt a BU timeout. BU then responded by taking four of the next five points after the timeout to win the set 25-18.

Binghamton then led for the majority of the fourth set and won the set 25-21 to force the fifth. The Bearcats offense was in full force as BU put down 18 kills in the frame.

Junior hitter Michelle McDonough tied Sourbeer with match-high 18 kills, while also adding 10 digs and two aces.

Senior middle Dawn Lammert set a new career-high with 16 kills and hit at a .385 percentage. Junior hitter Anna Lejina chipped in with 13 kills.

Junior hitter Sandra DeVito had nine kills and eight digs while freshman middle Alex Roland had eight kills and five blocks.

Junior setter Lindsey Mueller dished out 53 assists to go with 10 digs and three blocks. Senior libero Brianna Strong had a team-high 31 digs.

Albany setter Brooke Stanley tallied 55 assists, 22 digs, five kills and four blocks.

Albany has now won seven straight matches against Binghamton. The last time the Bearcats defeated Albany was in 2006.

Binghamton and Albany will meet again on Sunday at 5 p.m. in Vestal.

Note: McDonough surpassed 2007 graduate Kathleen Schauer (933 kills) for sixth place on the Division I career kills list. McDonough now has 944 career kills.

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