Immediate Release: October 14, 2005
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Binghamton volleyball remains undefeated in conference play with 3-2 win over Maine
Bearcats take sole possession of first place
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Binghamton junior outside hitter Katie Brody (Vestal, N.Y.) had team-highs of 18 kills and 19 digs to keep Binghamton (13-9, 5-0 AE) undefeated in conference play with a 3-2 win over Maine (6-9, 3-1 AE) in front of 680 fans an America East volleyball match Friday evening at the West Gym. Binghamton won by the scores of 20-30, 30-20, 30-27, 28-30, 15-11. The Bearcats 5-0 start against conference foes this season is best start for the Bearcats since joining the conference four years ago. The 680 in attendance is the largest crowd at a Binghamton Division I volleyball match.
"I thought Katie really scrambled on defense tonight," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "She ran down some crucial balls in the fifth game. She was a consistent performer throughout the match."
The decisive moment of the match was in the fifth game when Binghamton was up 11-10, Maine followed with a pair of errors to put the Bearcats up 13-10. Binghamton followed with an attack error. Then the Bearcats took over on a kill sophomore middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.). Then match point was scored with a block by Kane and sophomore outside hitter Kathleen Schauer (Litteton, Colo.).
"We had some lapses early but we were able to regain our confidence which helped us in the win," Kiriyama said. "The crowd was tremendous. They were loud and into the match, it always helps to have the crowd on your side."
Kane tied a career-high with 18 kills. She also had a match-high six blocks. Junior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) aaded 49 assists with 16 digs, while Schauer contributed nine kills and 13 digs. Freshman libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) had 14 digs. Junior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) had 10 digs and five blocks. Junior outside hitter Katie Robertson (Ancaster, Ontario) contributed with 10 kills and five blocks.
Binghamton will next travel to Hartford in an America East match on Friday at 6 p.m.
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