For Immediate Release: September 17, 2010
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BU falls to tournament-host Georgetown in straight sets
Bearcat errors aid the Hoya victory

Box Score

WASHINGTON, D.C -- The Binghamton volleyball program got off to a rocky start at the Georgetown Classic Friday evening. The Bearcats dropped the opening match of the tournament 3-0 (23-25,18-25,24-26 ) to Georgetown.

"It was one of those matches I thought we could've won," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We just didn't execute when we needed to. The girls did a good job of hanging in there and scrambling against there offense, but we did struggle at times. The team is looking better however."

Georgetown raced out to a one set advantage thanks to 12 errors committed by BU. The Bearcats, down 17-14, were able to knot the opening frame up at 17 on a kill by senior hitter Michelle McDonough. A 3-0 run by Binghamton gave them a 20-18 lead, but the Bearcats were unable to close out Georgetown, dropping the set 25-23.

Binghamton fell behind quickly in the second set, trailing the Hoyas 14-6. The Bearcats were able to crawl their way back into the match with a 5-0 run, leaving the score at 17-13. Errors doomed BU down the strecth however, giving Georgetown a two sets to none advantage.

The third set saw thirteen ties while BU tried to keep the match alive. The Bearcats took an early 10-8 lead on a block by McDonough and sophomore Alex Roland. BU made a late push with a 4-0 run giving them the upper hand and forcing Georgetown into calling a timeout. A kill by Roland made the score 24-22, but the Bearcats were once again unsuccessful in putting away the Hoyas. Georgetown scored four straight points to close out the set and the match.

Senior captain Michelle McDouough led the way for the Bearcats tallying 15 kills and 10 digs. Freshman libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up 16 digs while junior setter Julie Chambers dished out 25 assists.

The Bearcats were out hit .281 to .155 and out blocked 14 to 2.

BU will play two games tomorrow to close out the Georgetown Classic. They begin the day at 11 a.m. against Furman then take on East Carolina at 4:30 p.m.

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