sweep Quinnipiac 3-0 in Binghamton Invitational
VESTAL, N.Y.--Host Binghamton got off to a strong start and defeated Quinnipiac 3-0 in the first match for each team at the Binghamton Invitational on Friday evening at West Gymnasium. The Bearcats won by scores of 30-10, 30-17 and 32-30.
"We executed well in the first game," BU head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "There was good communication between the setter and the hitters. The setter made good decisions."
Freshman setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek) handed out 38 assists on the evening. In addition, junior right-side hitter Jen Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) tallied 16 kills with only two errors (.538 attack percentage) and classmate Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) added 10 kills. Senior defensive specialist Shannon Kelly (Ridge, N.Y./Longwood) had a career-high six service aces.
Freshman Kalyn Hundley (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) led Quinnipiac with eight kills and junior setter Janka Lopatto (Haverhill, Mass.) dished out 15 assists. The Bobcats led the third game by scores of 29-28 and 30-29, but the Bearcats twice fought off game point and scored the last three points of the game to secure the match.
Coach Kiriyama was pleased with Binghamton's strong attack percentage and the team's ability to maintain a high level of intensity after the first game.
"We let down a little bit in the second game but we fought well throughout the match," Kiriyama said. "Everyone was able to get playing time in the third game and it was good to see the newcomers playing well."
Earlier in the evening, Youngstown State defeated Canisius by scores of 30-18, 30-28, 25-30, 30-25. Senior outside hitter Colleen Royer (Euclid, Ohio/Villa Angela/St. Joseph's) paced the Penguins with 19 kills and 13 digs. Senior middle hitter Annie Buschur (New Weston, Ohio/St. Henry's) chipped in 14 kills and had six total blocks. Sophomore middle hitter Leigh Launhardt (Rochester, N.Y./Greece-Arcadia) and junior outside hitter Kim Hoffman (Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon) each had 11 kills for Canisius, while senior setter Jackie Reed (East Quague, N.Y./James Madison University) handed out 38 assists. Launhardt also added a match-high eight blocks.
The tournament will conclude with four matches on Saturday, beginning with the first match at 11 a.m.
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