Immediate Release: August 29, 2009
In the first match of the day Binghamton held steady, stringing together three solid sets in a row to sweep the hosting Hofstra Pride. The Bearcats executed well down the stretch, closing out each set on 4-1, 5-2 and 5-3 runs respectively.
"It was a good match for us. We fell behind early, but we played pretty steady and fought our way back into the game and got leads at the 18 to 20 point marks. It was a good effort, we're slowly getting better," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said.
Binghamton carried the momentum into the second match picking up the first set 25-22. However, Rhode Island rallied and edged the Bearcats 25-23 in the second set before commandingly winning the third with a score of 25-14.
Led by strong outside hitting, the Bearcats forced a fifth game, and closed out the match off kills from Lejina and junior hitter Michelle McDonough. Lejina had 21 kills for the game, while McDonough added 16.
"It was a barn-burner I guess It was a good team effort. It was a nice win for us, and we're going to be a little happier coming back home," head coach Glenn Kiriyama commented.
Binghamton placed second in the tournament behind Marshall.
Binghamton is back in action next Friday at the Marquette Challenge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the Bearcats will face Austin Peay.
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