For Immediate Release: September 14, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (
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Volleyball swept in consecutive matches at Villanova Volleyball Classic

After winning four straight, Bearcats have dropped their last three decisions

William and Mary Box Score
Villanova Box Score

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Binghamton women's volleyball (6-7) dropped pair of matches at the Villanova Volleyball Classic Friday. The Bearcats opened the day with a 3-0 loss (22-30, 27-30, 21-30) to William and Mary, before being swept by host Villanova (19-30, 20-30, 18-30).

William and Mary (4-5) had three players hit for double-digit kills, led by the duo of Lauren Powell and Erin Skipper, both of whom put down 12 apiece. The Tribe led from wire-to-wire in comfortable victories in games one and three, but were tested and had to battle back to erase an 18-12 deficit in its game two win.

"I was a bit disappointed in the morning's performance," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We came out a bit sluggish passing and our offense never really clicked. William and Mary is a solid team and they took advantage of our poor play."

Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) and freshman Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) combined for 23 kills to lead the Bearcats. Allen put down a match-high 13 kills, while McDonough added 10. Junior Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio), the America East leader in digs entering the week, added a match-high 19 digs.

In Friday's finale, BU was overwhelmed by a hot-hitting Villanova squad. The host Wildcats hit at a .328 clip and put three players in double-figures as they coasted to the straight sets victory.

McDonough and Allen once again led the Bearcats' attack, with 12 and 9 kills, respectively.

The Bearcats continue play at the Villanova Volleyball Classic on Saturday when they take on Princeton and Liberty, at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively.
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