For Immediate Release: August 26, 2010
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BU captures first win of season at Sacred Heart Invitational
The Beartcats defeat Jacksonville in four sets

Box Score

FAIRFIELD, CONN -- The Binghamton volleyball team (1-3), after dropping the first set, rattled off three straight to beat Jacksonville (1-4) at the Sacred Heart Invitational. The Beartcats won 3-1 (19-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-21) in a tightly contested match.

"Michelle (McDonough) and Alex (Roland) did a good job hitting and blocking for us and were very efficient in the middle," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "It was a close match throughout, but we made key plays at the right time. It felt nice to get the win and we're looking forward to playing again tomorrow."

Binghamton tied the match at one game apiece after an exciting second set that witnessed twelve ties and no lead larger than three. The Bearcats closed out the set by forcing the Dolphins into three straight errors.

BU continued to control the match in the third and fourth sets by jumping out to 17-11 and 20-13 leads, respectively. The Bearcats were able to close out Jacksonville with their efficient play in the middle.

Michelle McDonough had a 17 kills, eight digs and three blocks for BU, while sophomore Alex Roland pitched in with eight terminations and a team-high six blocks.

Freshman Xiomara Ortiz displayed her quickness in the back row for the Bearcats, picking up 17 digs from the libero position. Junior Julie Chambers handed out 36 assists while helping out with seven digs for Binghamton.

The Bearcats play a double-header tomorrow, first at 1 p.m. versus Dartmouth, then again at 3 p.m. against tournament-host Sacred Heart.

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