Immediate Release: December 4, 2009
"We had a good season," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We were really glad the way we finished and just to make it here was a big accomplishment for this team. The girls put a lot of hard work in this season, and I'm really proud of them."
Binghamton opened the match with a kill by junior hitter Anna Lejina to take a 1-0 lead. Following a Penn State point junior Sandra DeVito registered a solo block to give BU a 2-1 lead. The Nittany Lions then went on a 10-0 spurt to take a commanding 11-2 advantage. Penn State went on to win the opening set 25-9 while hitting .360.
The second set was again knotted at 2-2 before Penn State ripped of a 10-2 run to open up its lead. Penn State took the second 25-13 while hitting .435.
The Bearcats were able to hang in for the early stages of the third set against the hot-hitting Nittany Lions. Penn State hit .739 in the final set. BU kept it close in the third on a kill by junior hitter Michelle McDonough made the set 10-8 and BU was again later to get within two at 11-9, and 12-10 before Penn State went on a 7-2 run to get some separation.
McDonough paced Binghamton with a team-high nine kills and Lejina chipped in with five kills and four digs. Junior setter Lindsey Mueller gave out 16 assists and four digs.
For Penn State, junior middle Arielle Wilson had 12 kills while hitting on a .800 percentage and senior setter Alisha Glass had 32 assists, four kills and five digs.
Notes: Binghamton captured an NCAA Automatic Berth by winning the America East Conference Championship on Nov. 21 ... Binghamton's only other NCAA appearance was in 2005, also against Penn State
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