Immediate Release: October 26, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volleyball moves to 6-2 in conference play, sweeps Maine 3-0
Schauer's 11 kills lead Bearcats to fourth straight victory
ORONO, ME -- Senior captain Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) had a match-high tying 11 kills and freshman setter Lindsey Mueller (West Bend West, Wis.) notched her sixth consecutive double-double to lead Binghamton's offensive attack in a 3-0 match victory over Maine on Friday at Memorial Gym. The Bearcats came out on top by scores of 30-26, 30-24, and 30-14.
With the win, Binghamton (15-14, 6-2 AE) has now won nine of its last 11 matches and four in a row, and is over the .500 mark for the first time since September 11.
"This was a good win for us," said ninth-year head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "Kat had a really nice game on the outside. They really couldn't stop her, especially when she was hitting down the line."
Schauer hit at a .348 clip (11-3-23) to lead all hitters on the eveing. For Mueller, the 29-assist, 11-dig performance was good for her 21st double-double of the season. She also had four blocks.
Senior middle Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) had a match-high nine blocks and added four kills, freshman hitter Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) had nine kills, nine digs, and five blocks, and junior libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) chipped in with a team-high 13 digs in the winning effort.
The opening game was a tight affair that featured 10 ties and four lead changes. Binghamton's advantage at the net proved to be the difference. The Bearcats outblocked the hosts 5-1 and forced nine Black Bear errors in its 30-26 win.
Maine led 12-10 in game two before a 10-3 run gave the Bearcats the lead for good en route to a 30-24 win and a 2-0 match lead. Game three was tight before BU pulled away with an 18-4 run to register a decisive 30-14 victory.
Binghamton heads to New Hampshire Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest.
The Bearcats have now won the last five meetings against the Black Bears and lead the all-time series by a 10-4 margin. Kane now has 582 career blocks - just 19 shy of Julie Van Schaick 87 for second on BU's al-time block list.
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