For Immediate Release: September 23, 2006
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BU falls 3-1 to host Quakers at Penn Invitational
Bearcats set to take on Fairleigh Dickinson and Quinnipiac Sunday

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Philadelphia, Pa.- Binghamton volleyball dropped a 3-1 decision to the University of Pennsylvania on the first day of the Sheraton Penn Invitational Saturday night at The Palestra. With the 30-22, 23-30, 30-27, 30-26 victory the host Quakers improve to 2-5, while the Bearcats drop their third straight match, falling to 3-12 overall.

"It was a pretty close match, especially during the third and fourth games," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We fought hard and did a lot of good things on the court. We are getting close, but we aren't quite where we need to be yet. We will keep working at it and hopefully tomorrow we can come away with a couple wins."

For Penn, Laura Black led four players to hit in double digits with a team-high 16 kills. Black also held a share of the match-high honors with 18 digs. Anna Shlimak registered a double-double with 14 kills and 18 digs, while Kathryn Turner added 15 kills at a match-high .438 clip for the Quakers.

Senior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) paced the Bearcats attack with 16 kills, sharing the match-high mark with Penn's Black. Hoag also tied for the team-lead in digs with 18. Claiming the other share of the lead was senior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.). Meffert delivered a 53-assist, 18-dig performance, good for her second-straight and seventh overall double-double this season.

In all, BU had four players record double digits in kills as sophomore Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) pounded out a career-high 14 kills while junior Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) kicked in 13. Freshman Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wi.) also had a fine outing registering a career-high eight kills, including several pivotal finishers in BU's game two victory.

Despite holding the advantage in team kills, the visiting Bearcats were outhit by a slim margin (.233-.225).

Binghamton returns to action with a pair of matches Sunday against Fairleigh Dickinson and Quinnipiac.

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