Immediate Release: October 30, 2005
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Binghamton volleyball clinches post-season berth with 3-0 sweep of Hartford
Bearcats eight conference wins most since they joined the America East
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Freshman outside hitter Brianna Strong (Elkhart, Ind.) produced a match- and career-high 14 kills as well as a match-high 10 digs to help Binghamton (16-10, 8-1 AE) clinch a berth in the America East Championship with a 3-0 sweep of Hartford (8-18, 0-9 AE) at the West Gym in an America East volleyball match Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats won by scores of 30-13, 30-17, 30-28.
Binghamton cruised through the first two games, winning both by at least 13 points. In the third game, the Hawks got out to a quick 8-2 lead. Binghamton tied the game with a 9-3 run. The rest of the game was played even, with no team gaining more than a four point advantage.
"We started out strong, especially the first game and that carried over to the second game," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We were able to execute to almost perfection hitting over .500 in the first game. The third game we switched up the lineup, they played good. I thought Hartford played much better in the third game. It was a tough game and a good one to win."
The Bearcats had a .340 hitting percentage for the match, including a .556 attack percentage in the first game, while Hartford hit .048 for the match. Junior outside hitter Katie Brody (Vestal, N.Y.) contributed 10 kills. Junior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) passed for 22 assists, while freshman setter Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) passed for 14 assists. Meffert also had five blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) and junior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) each produced eight kills. Hoag also received seven digs and tied a season-high of six blocks . Freshman libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) tied a career-high of four aces, her other match with four aces was on October 21, also against the Hawks.
"Now that we are in the conference tournament, we are playing for the highest seed possible," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "It is good to be in the tournament again. We enjoyed the experience last year and are looking to playing better this year."
The Bearcats will host two of their final three regular season matches. On Friday they will host Stony Brook in the West Gym at 7 p.m.
NOTES: The eight conference wins is the most for Binghamton since joining the America East, last season the Bearcats finished 7-7 in the conference. Last season was Binghamton's first trip to the America East Championship, the No. 4 seeded Bearcats fell 3-0 to Albany in the semifinals.
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