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For Immediate Release: October 6, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Volleyball remains unbeaten in AE play, sweeps Hartford 3-0
Formidable BU frontline leads Bearcats to first road victory of the season

Box Score

WEST HARTFORD, CT. - The Binghamton volleyball team served up a 30-20, 30-26, 30-26 victory over host Hartford in an America East Conference volleyball match Friday evening at the Sports Center. With the victory, the Bearcats are now off to a 2-0 start in conference play and have won four of their last five matches overall.

"It was a solid overall team effort," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "This was a good road win for us. Now we have to focus on getting ready for New Hampshire on Sunday."

BU (7-13, 2-0 AE) controlled the action at the net for much of the evening, holding the host Hawks' (7-8, 0-3 AE) to a .038 hitting percentage and finishing with a commanding 8-1 advantage in total blocks.

For Binghamton, junior middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colorado) was flawless, recording seven kills while failing to commit a single error on 16 swings. On the evening, Kane led all hitters with a match-high clip of .438. She also shared match-high honors with four blocks.

"The first couple of games I thought Jacki really controlled the net. She did a really good job of blocking and getting her hands on a lot of their hits."

Sophomore libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) delivered an outstanding performance as well notching a match-high 19 digs. Strader's contribution also extended to the offensive end where she added a career-high four service aces.

"I thought Jacyln did a terrific job for us in the back row. She made some nice digs and almost pulled out the third game herself with some timely digs and scramble plays to keep the ball alive."

Senior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) paced the Bearcats' attack with a team-high 11 kills.

For Hartford, Jessica Monroy led all hitters match-high 12 kills and 14 digs.

Binghamton looks to extend its current home winning streak to a Division-I best nine games on Sunday afternoon as they return to the West Gym for a 1 p.m. contest against New Hampshire.

Notes: Hoag has recorded double-digit kills in 12 of BU’s last 14 matches and in 15 of 20 matches overall this season.

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