Immediate Release: September 8, 2007
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Volleyball sweeps pair of matches to capture Golden Flash Invitational
Allen named tournament MVP, Mueller on all-tournament team
Youngstown State Box Score
Kent State Box Score
KENT, OHIO --The Binghamton volleyball team was clicking on all
cylinders on Saturday, defeating Youngstown State in three games
and host Kent State in a five-game thriller to round out the
weekend with a perfect 3-0 record and capture the Golden Flash
Invitational. After dropping four of their first six matches,
the Bearcats have now won four straight to improve their record
to 6-4 overall.
BU took early control of the first match of the day versus Youngstown
State (5-4) and never looked back, sweeping the Penguins in three
games (30-14, 30-21, 30-28). The second encounter of the afternoon
proved a tougher test, as the Bearcats won the first two games,
saw Kent State come back to tie, and took the fifth and deciding
set to hand the Golden Flashes (9-1) their first loss of the
2007 season (30-26, 30-28, 27-30, 27-30, 15-9).
(Mill Creek, Wash.) was named the tournament MVP after averaging
2.82 kills and 3.00 digs per game. Freshman setter Lindsey Mueller
Bend, Wis.) averaged 12.36 assists and 4.55 digs per game in
the tournament and was also named to the all-tournament team.
"We executed terrifically as a team this weekend,"
said ninth-year head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We went up against
some strong competition this weekend and are thrilled to come
out of it with three victories."
The Bearcats broke open a 7-7 tie against Youngstown State with
an 11-1 run en route to the 30-14 win. BU did not commit an error
in the game, hitting .500 (13-0-26). The second game was more
of the same, as BU jumped out to a 13-5 lead and won game two
by a 30-21 margin. Freshman Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) put down the
match-clinching kill to thwart a late Penguins' rally in a tight
third game to secure the fifth victory of the season.
were dominating on both sides of the net, as BU racked up a hitting
percentage of .264 while YSU could only muster a .071. Allen
led the way with a match-high 13 kills on two errors (.389) and
11 digs, while McDonough and senior captain Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.)
added nine and eight kills, respectively. BU committed only 10
errors in the match while Youngstown State had 29.
In the second half of the Saturday's action, the Bearcats outlasted
a previously-unbeaten Kent State squad in a five-game thriller.
After splitting the first four games, the match came down to
the deciding fifth game. Schauer, who totaled a BU Division I
record 29 kills, sparked an 8-1 surge to overcome an early 3-1
deficit and lead the squad to its tournament title.
assists/27 digs), Allen (11 kills/15 digs) and junior Brianna Strong (Elkhart, Ind.) (14
kills/16 digs) all had double-doubles for BU while junior Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio)
added a team, career, and BU DI-best 33 digs.
will open its home schedule on Tuesday against Syracuse. After
running off a program-best 7-0 mark on its home floor in 2006,
the Bearcats begin their nine-game slate riding a school-record
14-match winning streak.
Game Notes: Mueller's 66 assist performance against Kent
State was the second highest match total in Binghamton's Division
I history, and the most since 2006 graduate Ashley Meffert recorded
69 in a five-game set against Northeastern on November 1, 2003....Strader's
33 digs topped Shannon Kelly's previous record of 31 set against
Buffalo on September 17, 2002. It is the highest total recorded
by a Bearcat since moving to the Division I level. She leads
the team with 5.14 digs per game...Schauer's 29 kills fell three
shy of Binghamton's all-time school record and were the most
for a Bearcat in over 13 years (Laure Caiaccia, Oct. 8, 1994).
On the weekend, she averaged a team-best 4.50 kills per game
and a .325 hitting percentage.