swept by first-place Northeastern
BOSTON, Mass.--Riding a 10-match winning streak, host Northeastern (16-6, 4-0 AE) came out strong and never looked back, defeating visiting Binghamton (11-8, 2-2 AE) 3-0 Friday evening on Solomon Court. The Huskies extended their winning streak to 11 matches by scores of 30-18, 30-26, 30-28. It marked just the second time this season that the Bearcats have been swept in a match.
"We were up against a good team, but we didn't execute well," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We picked it up as the match went on, but we didn't pass well and that affected our hitting."
After dropping the first game, the Bearcats hung close in the second and third games, but ultimately could not overcome 28 attack errors that led to a .071 attack percentage. Northeastern, meanwhile, attacked at a .242 clip and pounded 52 kills.
Junior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) led Binghamton with 10 kills and four service aces, while adding three blocks and seven digs. Classmates Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) and Morgan Jimerson (Grandview, N.Y./Nyack) added seven kills apiece and freshman Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) produced 10 digs.
The match was the first of five straight on the road for the Bearcats, who will continue the swing with a 4 p.m. match at Albany on Saturday afternoon.
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