For Immediate Release: September 8, 2010
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BU secures road victory over Niagara in five sets
McDonough, Lejina record double-doubles in win over defending MAAC champion

Box Score

LEWISTON, N.Y. -- The Binghamton volleyball program moved to 2-5 on the season after their 3-2 (28-26, 25-18, 19-25, 22-25, 15-13) defeat of Niagara (4-4) Wednesday night.

"It was a tough match from the start," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said, "but we did enough things well to pull out the victory." "Julie (Chambers) did a nice job setting up our hitters, who had a sound performance. It was good to see the offense come alive."

During a hard fought first set, that included seven lead changes and no lead larger than three, the Bearcats were able to put away Niagara with a kill from senior hitter Sandra DeVito and solid defense.

BU went up two games to none after building a 20-15 lead in the second set, but followed their strong start by dropping the next two sets, evening the match at two a-piece.

In the decisive fifth set BU was down 13-11 late, but strung together four straight points to close out the match. Behind double-double performances from senior outside hitters Michelle McDonough and Anna Lejina, Binghamton was able to hold off the Purple Eagles.

McDonough had 22 kills with 11 digs, while Lejina produced 21 terminations and 10 digs. BU out hit Niagara .259 to .194, marking their highest hitting percentage of the season.

America East Setter of the Week Julie Chambers had a game-high 58 assists for the Bearcats. DeVito chipped in with a team-high 18 digs and sophomore middle Alex Roland put down 10 kills.

The Bearcats hope to carry their winning ways to Buffalo this weekend, where they will play in the UB Blue and White Classic. BU's first match is Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m. against tournament-host Buffalo.

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