Immediate Release: September 8, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bearcats drops five-game heartbreaker at Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- For the second straight match, the Binghamton volleyball team overcame a two-games-to-none deficit only to fall short in the fifth and deciding frame, as the Bearcats dropped an exhausting five-game match to Harvard Friday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center. Trailing 14-9, the host Crimson overcame five match points to top BU 30-25, 36-34, 29-31, 28-30 and 17-15.
"It was a very tough, even match," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We fought back hard, but in the end we just couldn't close it out. It was a very disappointing way to finish."
After coming up on the short end of a marathon 34-36 decision which featured 19 ties, the Bearcat women bounced back with a pair of narrow victories in the third and fourth games to square things away at two games apiece.
Having captured much of the match's momentum, Binghamton stormed ahead in the final frame staking an early 7-1 advantage. Harvard temporarily stemmed the rally and got to within 9-8, but the Bearcats pulled out in front again, this time with a seemingly comfortable 14-9 advantage.
BU, however, was unable to seal the deal, as the host Crimson capped off a wild evening of volleyball action with an improbable finish, fighting off five match points to come from behind and top BU 17-15.
Junior Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) paced the Bearcats attack with a career-high 20 kills and a match-high six blocks. Senior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) also enjoyed a career evening, establishing new personal bests in both kills (11) and hitting percentage (.400). Meffert also added a match-high 47 assists as well as 24 digs to register her first-ever triple-double.
In all, BU had four players record double digits in kills with senior Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) adding 17 and junior Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) tying a career-high with 12. Hoag also had 13 digs to record her fifth double-double of the season.
Junior Laura Mahon notched 17 kills and 26 digs to lead four Harvard players to finish the evening with double-doubles.
The Bearcats, now 1-7 on the season, return to action with a pair of matches Saturday evening. Binghamton takes on Rutgers at 4 p.m. before closing out the Harvard Invitational against defending NEC champion Long Island at 7 p.m.
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