Immediate Release: October 22, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University volleyball program ended their eight-game regular season losing streak to the University at Albany Friday night. The Bearcats swept the Great Danes in an impressive offensive showing. Binghamton won 25-21, 28-26 and 25-23 on the strength of 51 kills.
"It was a good win against a quality team like Albany, especially at their place," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We had some timely hits in a very close match, but our girls came through at some clutch moments. It was a nice win, but we still have to see them again on Sunday...it will be a battle again."
In the first set Binghamton jumped out to an 8-3 lead behind four early kills by senior captain Michelle McDonough. The Bearcats extended their lead to 13-5, but a 7-0 run by Albany cut the lead to 13-12. The set went back and forth until it was tied at 21, three straight errors by Albany gave BU a 24-21 lead. A kill by Mercedes Montford ended the set giving Binghamton the early advantage.
The second set was much tighter as there were nine ties and eight lead changes. Albany took the early lead, 11-6, but a 5-0 run by Binghamton cut the deficit to 11-10. No lead would be larger than the five point margin Albany held. BU trailed 23-19 before Anna Lejina put down three straight kills to bring the set to 23-22. Binghamton extended the set on the back of three straight kills before Montford tied the frame at 26. Back to back errors by Albany gave BU the upper hand at 2-0.
In the deciding set Binghamton came out swinging as they attacked their way to a 9-7 lead. Four kills by Lejina late in the back and forth set tied the frame at 18. McDonough came up with three huge terminatons to give the Bearcats the win, ending the match, 25-23.
Lejina finished the game with a double-double, 16 kills and 20 digs. McDonough contributed a double-double herself pitching in 16 kills and 12 digs to the Bearcat attack.
The game was evenly matched as BU held a 51-50 kills advantage but Albany out hit the Bearcats .188 to .183.
The rivalry continues Sunday at 5 p.m. in Binghamton's West Gym. If Binghamton wins they will hold a two game lead in the conference.
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