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For Immediate Release: September 18, 2009
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton volleyball splits with Iowa and Morgan State

Binghamton 3, Morgan State 0
Iowa 3, Binghamton 0

Vestal, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team (6-5) rebounded to sweep Morgan State (5-11) 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-15) and earn a split on the day at the Army Tournament on Friday. BU had previously lost 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-11) to Iowa (7-3) in their tournament opener.

"It was a good all-around game for us against Morgan State," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "It was good to get back in the win column after the morning loss. We were able to get a lot of people some good playing time as well."

Binghamton used a 7-0 run to jump out to a 9-2 lead in the first set against Morgan State. The Bearcats did not look back and took the opener 25-16. Junior hitter Anna Lejina blasted eight kills in the set to pace BU.

Morgan State put a strong effort into the second set and led Binghamton 20-19 late in the stanza. BU then ripped off a 6-0 run to close out the period and take the 2-0 lead in the match. Lejina added two key kills during the final run, including the set-winner.

BU then came out on fire in the third set, rushing out to a 11-1 lead on the strength of six kills by junior hitter Michelle McDonough, and eventually won the set, and swept the match.

Lejina finished up with a match-high 18 kills, while McDonough had 14 kills and a team-high 12 digs while hitting .419.

Freshman Alex Roland contributed seven kills on a .333 hitting percentage and junior setter Lindsey Mueller added 35 assists and nine digs. Senior Dawn Lammert also added five blocks.

The Bearcats did not fare as well earlier in the day to Iowa, falling 3-0.

"We hung with them pretty well against Iowa at the beginning of the first game and throughout the second … I thought we had a tough time running our offense," Kiriyama said. "Their blockers did a nice job and we were trying any which way to score points – we didn’t pass as good as we could have – but we worked through some things. We just came up short against a very good team."

Junior Sandra DeVito had a team-high kills in the loss. Senior libero Brianna Strong added 15 digs for BU.

Army was led by Aimee Huffman's 10 kills and 27 assists from Mara Hilgenberg.

Binghamton will wrap up the tournament with a game against host Army on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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