Immediate Release: October 22, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
continues home dominance with 3-0 sweep over Hartford
extend home streak to 12 games, have won 8 of last 10 overall
N.Y - Senior middle blocker
Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) recorded match-highs with
10 kills and five service aces while classmate Ashley Meffert
(Louisville, Ky.) notched her third consecutive double-double
to lead the Binghamton volleyball team to a 30-11, 30-24, 30-27
victory over visiting Hartford on Sunday afternoon in America
East Conference action at the West Gym.
The Bearcats (11-14,
6-1 AE) have now won their
last three matches and eight of ten overall. Additionally, dating
back to last season, BU has now won a program-best 12 straight
matches on their home floor.
Meffert navigated BU's
offense to the tune of a 12-dig and 29-assist performance, both
Junior rightside hitter Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.)
added nine kills and seven digs, while junior middle blocker
Jacki Kane (Centennial,Colo.) put down eight kills
to go along with a match-high six blocks. Sophomore Ashley
Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) chipped in six kills and four blocks.
"We got off to a quick start in all aspects of our game
- serving, hitting, blocking - you name it," said head coach
Glenn Kiriyama. "I thought our middles were again very solid.
They got there hands on a lot of balls and really blocked quite
controlled the action at the net, holding Hartford (7-14, 0-7
AE) to a .031 hitting percentage and finishing with a commanding
9-3 advantage in total blocks.
The Bearcats caught the Hawks off guard in game one, jumping
out to a 7-0 lead and never looking back as they cruised to a
comfortable 30-11 victory. BU kept the Hartford hitters in check,
limiting them to a -.206 hitting percentage and forcing 12 attack
errors in the opening frame alone.
Binghamton held a narrow 13-12
advantage before breaking things open with a 7-1 surge en route
to a 30-24 game -two win.
Game three was by far the most
competitive of the three, featuring 11 ties and six lead changes.
With the game even at 27-27, a Hoag kill and a Hartford attack
error put BU just one point from victory. Allen and Kane then
teamed up for an emphatic stuff to seal the deal.
visiting Hawks were led by junior Jennifer Monroy who recorded
eight kills and 10 digs.
With the second half of conference play now underway, the Bearcats
currently hold the conference's top spot with a 6-1 record.
"There is still a lot of room for us to improve. We have
a very tough stretch coming up and if in order to continue this
success, we will really need to up our level of play."
concludes its three-game homestand on Wednesday evening with
a non-conference tilt with Colgate. First serve is set for 7
Notes: BU has now won 16 of its last 19 America
East Conference matches...Meffert now has 10 double-doubles on
the season...Binghamton sweeps the season series from Hartford
for the second straight year.