Immediate Release: December 2, 2005
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volleyball swept by No. 2 Penn State in the NCAA tournament
stellar season comes to an end in first round
COLLEGE, Pa.--Host No. 2 Penn State (30-2) swept Binghamton (20-12)
3-0, in an NCAA women's volleyball first round match Friday night
in Rec Hall in front of 945 fans. Penn State will now host Long
Island, a 3-0 winner over Cornell, in a second-round matchup
on Saturday. The Bearcats lost by scores of 15-30, 8-30, 10-30.
"I thought our ball club had a great year," head coach
Glenn Kiriyama said. "There wasnt much expected of
them at the beginning but they have proven a lot of people wrong
just to get this far. We are honored just to play Penn State,
we were up against a great team tonight."
The Nittany Lions opened the match with a 23-7 run in the first
game. Binghamton however battled back with a 7-2 run to make
the score 25-14. The final two Bearcat points of that run came
on back-to-back blocks, first block was by sophomore outside
Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) and junior middle blocker Megan
Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) then the second by Hoag and junior
outside hitter Katie
Brody (Vestal, N.Y.). Penn State went on to win the game
The second game was controlled by the Nittany Lions, who went
on to win 30-8.
The Bearcats opened the third game fighting. The squad started
the game down just 7-5. The Nittany Lions then squashed all hopes
of a close game with a 15-0 run. Penn State won the final game
Brody led the Bearcats with seven kills and eight digs. Hoag
and Brody each had a team-high four blocks. Freshman outside
Strong (Elkhart, Ind.) and Hoag each had six digs. Junior
Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) passed a team-high 13 assists.
Penn State was led by freshman outside hitter Nicole Fawcett,
who had 18 kills without an error on 25 attempts and by senior
libero Kaleena Walters with 17 digs.
which carried the America East championship banner into the NCAA
tournament, ends its amazing season. The Bearcats, who were picked
to finish sixth in the seven-team conference, captured the program's
first America East title.
"This program has come a long was in its five years as an
NCAA Division I program," Kiriyama said. "We are working
every year on getting better. We have everyone back next year
so were hoping we can build and continue to get better each year."
The NCAA appearance was Binghamton's first at the Division I
level and first since 1997, when the then-Division III program
advanced for the second time in three years.