Bearcats defeated 3-1 by Albany

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.--Visiting Albany (21-7, 6-3 AE) fought off an 11-7 deficit with a 13-4 run in the decisive fourth game, and hung on to defeat host Binghamton (14-11, 4-5 AE) by scores of 30-26, 30-27, 21-30, 30-28 in an America East contest on Friday evening at East Gymnasium.

"It was a close match," BU head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "A couple more points in our direction could have tied the match and turned things around. We passed better than in our first match [against Albany], but they were tough all around. We executed well overall but Albany had some spurts when we let up and that made the difference."

The Great Danes hung on to the match with strong play at the end of the second and fourth games. In the second game, Albany fought off a 23-21 deficit with five straight points to take the lead for good. Sophomore middle hitter Ashlee Reed (Round Rock, Texas) had an ace and a kill in the run and classmate Eileen Nicole Rodriguez (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Colegio Ponceno) added a pair of kills. After the Great Danes opened up a 20-15 lead in the fourth game, Binghamton twice rallied to within one point and trailed just 24-22 after an Albany attack error. However, Rodriguez then served up consecutive aces for a four-point cushion. The Bearcats closed the gap to 29-28, but back-to-back kills by freshman outside hitter Shelby Goldman (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson Collegiate) and Rodriguez closed out the match.

Rodriguez let Albany with a match-high 22 kills, while Goldman produced 14 kills and Reed added 13.

The Bearcats were led by junior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection), who had 13 kills. Junior middle blocker Anne Corcus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) had 12 kills and six blocks, while junior outside hitter Morgan Jimerson (Grandview, N.Y./Nyack) had 10 kills. Binghamton recorded 14.0 total blocks, led by senior outside hitter Allison Beard (Elkland, Pa.) with seven.

Binghamton continues its homestand with a match against Northeastern on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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