Immediate Release: October 9, 2007
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Volleyball overpowers Cornell in 3-0 sweep
Bearcats cruise to fifth victory in last six matches
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Freshman Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) Binghamton (11-13, 3-1 America East) had a team-high 10 kills, seven digs, and three blocks to lead Binghamton to a 3-0 sweep over Cornell (4-9, 1-2 Ivy) in a non-conference matchup Tuesday evening at the West Gym. The Bearcats came out on top by scores of 30-13, 30-16, and 30-26.
"I thought our team did a lot of good things out there," said ninth-year head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "I thought we passed a little better than we have and we served real tough. They weren't able to ballhandle real well off the serve receive and we managed to keep them off balance.
Senior Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) was right behind McDonough with nine kills without committing an error in 21 attempts for a match-high attack percentage of .429.
Freshman Lindsey Mueller (West Bend West, Wis.) posted a double-double, dishing out a match-high 33 assists to go along with 10 digs. Mueller also added three kills and five blocks. Sophomore Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wis.) chipped in with six kills and a match-high nine blocks.
BU outhit Cornell .301 to .025 and committed only 10 errors compared to the Big Red's 30. The Bearcats controlled play at the net throughout holding a 15-3 advantage in blocks.
Binghamton cruised to victories in games one and two, hitting .364 and committing only three attack errors compared to the Big Red's 22.
"They didn't hit very well in the first two games, but did a lot better in third. I thought our blocking was again a key factor. Their hitters had a hard time hitting around our fronts and that caused them to make quite a few errors."
Things tightened up in the third set, but BU scored seven of the final 10 points to break a 23-23 tie and claim its fifth victory in its last six matches.
Alessa Cekauskas led all Cornell hitters with a match-high 13 kills.
The Bearcats hosts Albany on Monday at 7 p.m.
Cornell leads the all-time series with a 17-3-1 advantage and had won the previous last 11 matches...The victory was BU's first over Cornell since moving to Division I...BU's last win against the Big Red came back in 1978...BU has now won 17 of its last 18 matches at the West Gym...Kane is currently fourth on the all-time block list at BU with 543 career blocks. She now trails Anne Crocus '04 for third on the all-time list by just five blocks.
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