Immediate Release: August 25, 2006
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Binghamton volleyball falls to Big Ten power Michigan in four games
Bearcats winless after first day of action at Rocket Volleyball Classic
TOLEDO, OH - Binghamton volleyball dropped its second decision of the afternoon falling to Michigan in four-game match at the Rocket Volleyball Classic at John F. Savage Hall Friday evening. The Wolverines came out on top by scores of 30-32, 30-16, 30-17, 30-21. The Bearcats conclude play in the season's first tournament action with a pair of matches Saturday against Wright State and defending Sun Belt champion Western Kentucky.
"I thought we actually played a pretty good match despite the result," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "Overall, compared to the first match I felt we looked a lot better."
The Bearcats battled fiercely in the match's first game, coming back from a 28-25 deficit and staving off elimination at 29-28 and 30-29 en route to a 32-30 victory. Senior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) was the catalyst for Binghamton's inspiring comeback, delivering a pair of kills to deny Michigan on two successive game points. After junior outside hitter Kathleen Schauer's (Littleton, Colo.) kill put the Bearcats ahead at 31-30, Hoag capped off the BU rally, dealing the Wolverines a final blow with her seventh kill of the game, to seal the victory.
Binghamton was unable to build upon its first game heroics, however, as Michigan dictated the play for the remainder of the match, outhitting the Bearcats by an impressive margin (.336 to .007) and failing to relinquish the lead over the final three games.
Lyndsay Miller led four Wolverines that hit in double figures with a match-high 19 kills while teammate Erin Penn hit for a sterling .480, recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs and added six blocks.
For Binghamton, Hoag finished as the lone Bearcat to hit in double figures with 16 kills. She also added 12 digs to register her first double-double of the 2006 campaign.
"We have to cut down on the errors in our next couple matches," said Kiriyama. "Hopefully, we will do that and play better against Western Kentucky and Wright State tomorrow."
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