For Immediate Release: September 22, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (
Phone: 607-777-2956

Volleyball swept in pair at LIU Invite, losing skid hits eight

LIU Box Score
Towson Box Score

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Binghamton women's volleyball (6-12) continued to struggle, dropping a pair of matches to host LIU and Towson on the final day of action at the Blackbird Invitational Saturday. The Bearcats have now lost their last eight matches.

Playing on its home floor, LIU (6-9), posted a straight sets victory over Binghamton by scores of 20-30, 21-30, and 22-30. The hosts placed a trio of players in double-figures, led by Shleby Heggie's match-high 18 kills and .500 hitting percentage.

The hot-hitting Blackbirds broke open a 7-5 contest in game one with a 9-2 run en route to a 30-20 win and 1-0 match lead. LIU committed only four errors and posted a .326 (18-4-43) hitting percentage in the opener.

Binghamton trailed 23-20 in the final stages of game two before LIU recorded seven of the final eight points for its second straight win. Facing elimination, the hosts never trailed en route to their fourth victory on the year.

Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) posted nine kills at a .333 clip (9-2-21) to lead the Bearcats. Sophomore Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wis.) contributed a match-high seven blocks to go along with three kills. BU now trails 2-1 in the all-time series against LIU.

In Saturday's finale, Towson took a four-game decision by scores of 26-30, 30-27, 30-22, 30-16. The Bearcats came out determined to bring their recent losing streak to an end and were impressive in posting a 30-26 game one victory. The momentum looked as if it would carry through the second frame as well, as BU jumped out to a 10-3 lead and early control of the set.

Towson would answer, however, as the Tigers roared back with a 10-3 run of their own to draw even. With the game tied 27-27, a pair of Towson aces proved to be the difference in a tight 30-27 game two win.

The Tigers never trailed in game three and finished off the Bearcats with a 25-5 run to close out the fourth set and take the match.

Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) had a team-high 12 kills along with 12 digs to lead the Bearcats. Junior Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) added a match-high 18 digs in the losing effort.

The Bearcats return to action on Friday night when they host New Hampshire in the 2007 conference opener. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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