For Immediate Release: October 28, 2008
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Binghamton volleyball cruises past Cornell 3-0
Bearcats have won seven of last eight matches

Box Score

ITHACA, N.Y. - Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough tallied 17 kills, eight digs and four blocks to lead Binghamton (11-12, 5-1) to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-19) win over Cornell (7-12, 6-2) in a midseason non-conference match from Newman Arena on Tuesday night.

"It was a good all-around match," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "I thought we did a nice job hitting and our offense clicked really well."

The Bearcats hit .279 in the match and registered 49 kills.

Aiding McDonough were sophomores Mercedes Montford and Sandra DeVito who posted a pair of breakout performances. Mercedes registered a career-high 11 kills while DeVito posted a season-high 10 kills.

The key factor to the Bearcats first set victory was a 14-2 run early on that pushed their lead to 16-6, which allowed them to coast to a 25-17 win.

The second set was a much more contested affair as neither team was able to create more than a four-point difference. The set came down to the wire, as it was tied late at 23-23 when Binghamton capitalized on a Cornell attack error by following up with a kill from senior hitter Ashley Allen to take the stanza.

The third set was also close as both teams battled to a 18-18 tie late in the frame. Binghamton then used a 7-1 run via four kills and three attack errors by Cornell to close out the match, taking the final set 25-19.

Sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller dished out 40 assists, surpassing the 40-assist plateau for the ninth time this season and 20th time of her career.

Seniors Jaclyn Strader and Brianna Strong patrolled the back line, each laying claim to 15 digs on the night.

Junior blocker Dawn Lammert finished the night with five blocks for the Bearcats who out blocked the Big Red seven and half to four.

Binghamton will return to action at Hartford on Friday night. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

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