For Immediate Release: September 12, 2009
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Binghamton defeats FDU and Cornell, win home tourney
McDonough slams 31 kills in two matches to earn MVP honors

BU 3, FDU 1
BU 3, Cornell 0

Vestal, N.Y. - The BU volleyball team went 2-0 on Saturday at their home Binghamton Invite, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson (3-9) 3-1 (25-13, 25-23, 21-25, 25-15) and then knocking off Cornell (2-4) 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-23) in what proved to be the tournament's championship. Including their 3-0 sweep of Towson on Friday, the Bearcats went 3-0 on the weekend, and claimed the tournament title, and increased their season record to 5-4

"One of our goals this season was to win our home tournament and we were glad we were able to do that," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We were focused in every match and came out and executed on offense all weekend. It was really a great team effort and everybody contributed."

In the final match of the weekend against Cornell, BU took a 2-0 set lead in the match before Cornell jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the third set. The Bearcats then ripped off a 8-0 run to reclaim the lead. The teams went back-and-forth until Cornell took a 21-19 edge.

Kiriyama then called a timeout and rallied his troops, getting the Bearcats to go on a 6-2 run to close out the match and take the tournament.

Junior hitter Michelle McDonough continued her impressive play by putting down 19 kills against FDU and 10 kills against Cornell. On the weekend she had a blistering 4.70 kills per set to go along with a .315 hitting percentage. For her efforts, McDonough was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the Invite.

"I think Michelle was really deserving of the MVP honor, and we really relied on our outside hitting a lot," Kiriyama said.

McDonough was at her finest this weekend at the beginning of the Fairleigh Dickinson match, where she had an astounding 17 kills after the first two sets and helped BU take a 2-0 match lead.

Aiding McDonough on the offensive attack was classmate Anna Lejina, who 15 kills on a .480 hitting percentage against FDU and a match-high 12 kills against Cornell.

Junior setter Lindsey Mueller helped steer the BU offense, posting 49 assists to go along with 10 digs against FDU, followed by 42 assists in the win over Cornell.

Senior middle Dawn Lammert was solid on the inside, going for 10 kills and five blocks against FDU and seven kills and three blocks against Cornell.

Finally, senior libero Brianna Strong continued to anchor the back row, tallying match-highs with 18 digs against FDU and 19 digs against Cornell.

BU will look to carry their momentum into the Army Tournament next weekend when they play Iowa, Morgan St. and the tournament host.

The other members of the all-tournament team were Deveney Pula of Cornell, Shelynne Hoyt of Towson, and Sarah Willey of FDU.

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