Immediate Release: October 24, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton volleyball team (10-12, 5-2 AE) lost a highly competitive match, 3-2, to the University at Albany (15-7, 5-2 AE) Sunday. The Bearcats went back and forth with the Great Danes, winning sets one and three, but dropped sets two and four as well as the deciding fifth frame.
Binghamton won the first set of the match 25-22 thanks to three late kills by senior captain Michelle McDonough. Albany bounced right back taking the second set 25-20. The Great Danes jumped out to 5-1 lead and never looked back as Binghamton could not find their rhythm.
Sets three and four mirrored the first two sets of the game. Binghamton won the third, 26-24, while Albany pushed the match to a fifth set with a 25-22 victory in the fourth. The third set saw fourteen ties before a late 3-0 run by Binghamton put some distance between them and Albany. BU struggled in the fourth set falling behind 14-9, but a 5-1 run brought the Bearcats within one, forcing Albany to call a timeout. Errors down the stretch by Binghamton allowed the Great Danes to take the set.
In the final set, the two teams battled as Albany held an 8-6 lead at the switch. Back to back kills by McDonough made the score 10-9. Albany extended their slim advantage to 12-9 before sophomore Alex Roland put down two terminations cutting the deficit to one. That would be as close as BU would get as Albany used an hitting percentage of .320 to win the set 15-11.
McDonough led the Bearcats with a career-high 23 kills and 10 digs. Senior Anna Lejina recorded 22 kills and eight digs. Freshman Xiomara Ortiz picked up a game-high 30 digs for BU while junior setter Julie Chambers handed out 51 assists and chipped in 10 digs. Senior Sandra DeVito had a busy night putting down 10 kills and 14 digs.
Binghamton returns to action Friday, Oct. 29 as they host UMBC. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
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