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For Immediate Release: September 24, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Volleyball sweeps a pair of matches on final day at Penn Invitational
BU tops FDU and Quinnipiac in straight sets; Hoag and Schauer named all-tournament

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Philadelphia, Pa.- Binghamton volleyball swept a pair of matches on the second and final day of action at the Sheraton Penn Invitational Sunday.

The Bearcats topped Fairleigh Dickinson in straight games by scores of 30-22, 30-23, 30-21 before capturing a 30-24, 30-22, 30-21 victory over Quinnipiac in the nightcap.

In the opener against FDU, junior right-side hitter Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) paced BU with a team-high 12 kills while senior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) recorded her third consecutive double-double with 10 kills and a team-high 11 digs. Hoag also hit at a match-high .429 clip and added five blocks. Sophomores Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) and Katherine Courage (Virginia Beach, Va.) each kicked in ten digs apiece.

"It was a good day for us," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "It feels good to get these two victories under our belt after a couple tough losses. I thought our offensive hit pretty good throughout the weekend. Hopefully, we can bring this momentum with us as we head into our conference opener on Friday."

In its tournament finale, Binghamton overmatched Quinnipiac in nearly every facet of the game. The Bearcat women outhit their Northeast Conference counterparts .175 to .000 and finished with a lofty overall advantage in both kills (51-23) and digs (52-38).

Once again, the twosome of Kathleen Schauer and Megan Hoag led the attack, this time with 11 and 10 kills respectively. Schauer also added seven digs while Hoag chipped in with eight and a share of the match-high honors with five blocks. For their efforts, both players were named to the Penn Invitational All-Tournament Team.

"I thought that Kathleen and Megan both had strong weekends. Kathleen did a pretty consistent job on the outside today. She has become a lot more consistent for us, not only with her hitting along the front row, but also with her passing and defense. As for Megan, she did a little bit of everything again this weekend. Whether hitting, digging or blocking, she always seems to deliver when we've needed a big point."

The Bearcats, now 5-12, return to action to make their America East debut in a home match Friday evening against preseason favorite and SUNY rival Albany at 7 p.m.

Notes: With 163 assists over four matches this week, senior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) overtakes Sarah DeClemente '01 for Binghamton's all-time lead. Meffert, already the school's all-time assist per game leader, now has registered 4,430 career assists...The pair of 3-0 victories marked Binghamton's first sweeps on the season...Both Hoag and Schauer have now registered double-digit kills in four consecutive matches.
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