For Immediate Release: September 20, 2009
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Binghamton volleyball falls short against hosting Army

Box Score

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team (6-6) came up short against hosting Army (12-3) 2-3 (25-23, 13-25, 25-12, 22-25, 9-15) to finish up the final day of the West Point Challenge at Christl Arena on Sunday afternoon. Yesterday, BU swept Morgan State (5-12) 3-0 and lost 3-0 to Iowa (7-3).

"Just a really slow start in the fifth game and couldn't overcome the deficit. It was an up and down match," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "Game four was one of those games we could've played much better"

Binghamton started well, taking an early 18-12 lead before sneaking away with the opening set. However, Army stormed back in the second jumping out to a 9-3 advantage. The Bearcats never got back to within less than four the rest of the way. The final 25-13 margin was the largest of the game.

The Bearcats responded just as Army did in the second, and quickly built an 18-9 advantage. Army never rallied, and Binghamton scored seven of the final 10 points to claim a 25-12 win and a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Black Knights took an 18-12 lead midway through the fourth set before Binghamton ignited a 9-4 run which sliced the deficit down to one (22-21) on a service ace from junior hitter Michelle McDonough. However, the Bearcats were unable to close out the set and Army forced a fifth game.

With the score deadlocked at five, Army broke away with a 8-2 run and Binghamton could not recover.

Junior Anna Lejina led all players with 20 kills, while Senior libero Brianna Strong added 26 digs for BU. Junior setter Lindsey Mueller added 42 assists and was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts.

"Lindsey played an all around game against Army. She was doing well out there, hustling and doing damage," Kiriyama said.

Army was led by Ariana Mankus, who had 18 kills and 16 digs.

Binghamton heads to New Haven, Connecticut next weekend, Saturday September 26th to compete in the Yale Classic. The Bearcats face Central Connecticut State at 1 p.m. and then take on the host Yale at 7 p.m.

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