Immediate Release: October 15, 2010
HARTFORD, CONN. -- The Binghamton University volleyball team swept Hartford (25-13, 25-16, 30-28) Friday evening to improve their record to 8-11 overall. This marks the third straight conference victory for the Bearcats.
"I thought the team came out firing tonight," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We controlled the first two sets with our best hitting performance of the season. It was a struggle in the third set but we were able to finish them (Hartford) off."
BU got off to a fast start as they dominated the first two sets. Binghamton used hitting percentages of .310 and .393 to get the early 2-0 advantage. The Bearcats offense was hitting on all cylinders as the began the third set.
Set three was a bit more difficult for Binghmaton as Hartford pushed the Bearcats to an elongated set of 30-28. Hartford jumped out to a 8-3 lead as BU started their comeback in the deciding frame. Binghamton went on multiple runs to eventually even the set at 23. Back to back kills by Michelle McDonough finally ended the exciting third set, giving Binghamton the win.
McDonough led the Bearcats to victory with 16 kills and 11 digs. Anna Lejina put down 15 terminatons for BU while picking up nine digs.
Junior setter Julie Chambers dished out a game-high 37 assists for Binghamton. Sophomore middle Alex Roland helped BU to a 9-2 blocking advantage, denying Hartford with four blocks. Roldand also registered seven kills. Freshman Xiomara Ortiz paced the BU backline with a game-high 14 digs.
Binghamton continues their weekend road trip as they travel to Long Island to play Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
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