For Immediate Release: September 15, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (
Phone: 607-777-2956

BU falls 3-1 to defending Patriot League champion American

Box score

Ithaca, N.Y.- Binghamton volleyball dropped a 3-1 decision to American University on the first day of the Cornell Invitational Friday night at Newman Arena. The 30-24, 30-24, 27-30, 30-26 loss dropped the Bearcats to 2-9 on the season, while the Eagles notched their second straight victory and improve to 6-5 on the year.

"I thought we played pretty well," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "All in all, it was a pretty tough match and could have gone either way. Unfortunately, it didn't go in our favor."

In what was a very competitive match throughout, Binghamton, which hit at a season-high clip (.238), was ultimately done in by its inability to effectively handle American's array of jumpservers. On the evening, the Eagles totaled 13 services aces.

"We broke down at a couple of times with their tough jump serves. We held our own for the most part, but just couldn't overcome some passing lapses and execution errors towards the end of the fourth game."

Junior right side hitter Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) paced the Bearcats attack with 11 kills at a .257 clip. Senior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) complemented her with 10 kills and a match-high six blocks, while sophomore libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) kicked in 13 digs.

American was led by a pair of 20-kill performances from outside hitters Rubena Sukaj and Elizabeth Maloney. Joining the Eagles' duo in double-digit kills, junior middle blocker Chelsa Brooks finished with a match-high .444 hitting percentage, recording 16 kills while committing just four errors.

The Bearcats return to action with a pair of matches Saturday against and St. John's, at 10 a.m. and 5: 30 p.m. respectively.

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