For Immediate Release: September 18, 2010
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BU volleyball drops pair of matches at Georgetown Classic
Bearcats swept by Furman, lose to East Carolina in five sets

Furman Box Score
East Carolina Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Binghamton volleyball program finished the Georgetown Classic 0-3 after dropping a pair of matches Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats fell to Furman in straight sets then came up short against East Carolina in a five-set match. BU is now 4-9 on the year.

"It was a tough day," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said, "we still have a lot of stuff to work on. Xiomara (Ortiz) and Michelle (McDonough) played well for us, but we needed a stronger effort overall."

Binghamton began their day against Furman, the defending Southern Conference regular season champion. The Bearcats dropped the match 13-25, 23-25 and 13-25. BU was unable to get anything going against the Paladins as they lost their second match of the tournament. Furman out hit Binghamton .202 to .082, a new season-low for the Bearcats.

Senior hitter Anna Lejina had 11 kills for BU while freshman libero Xiomara Ortiz chalked up 16 digs. Reigning America East Setter of the Week, Julie Chambers passed out 26 assists for Binghamton.

In the second match of the day the Bearcats played a tough, five-set match against East Carolina. The Pirates held-off Binghamton for a 17-25, 24-26, 25-16, 28-26, 11-15 victory. After going down two sets to none the Bearcats climbed back into the match behind .317 and .295 hitting percentage in the third and fourth sets, respectively. In the deciding set, the Pirates used a 6-0 run to gain an 13-7 advantage that they never relinquished.

Senior captain Michelle McDonough led the way for the Bearcats with 20 kills and 20 digs. Lejina followed up her solid performance in the Furman match with a 15 kill, 15 dig encore. Chambers handed out 50 assists while Ortiz tallied 24 digs.

Ortiz was named to the all-tournament team.

Binghamton is in action again Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. against Siena.

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