Immediate Release: August 26, 2010
Toledo, Ohio - The Binghamton volleyball team (0-3) dropped its final two games of the Rocket Volleyball Classic on Saturday. The Bearcats lost to Toledo (2-0) 3-0 (16-25, 18-25, 14-25) before falling by the same score to Loyola (Md.) (1-2) (24-26, 25-27, 17-25).
"We didn't distribute or pass the ball well, which hinders our hitters and the offense," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We will take some learning opportunities from the tournament and work to get better as the season progresses."
In their first game of the day, the Bearcats were beaten by tournament-host Toledo. Junior setter Kassie Kadera led the way for the Rockets with 31 assists and nine digs.
Toledo took command of the first set after five straight points gave them a 16-9 lead. The Rockets went on to close out the first set and make quick work of the Bearcats in the final two sets.
"We improved in the third match, especially on offense," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "The middles played their best volleyball of the tournament against Loyola...but we still have a lot of work to do."
The match against Loyola was highly contested. The first set saw 12 ties and no lead bigger than three. BU evened the back and forth set at 24 with a kill by senior middle hitter Mercedes Montford. The Bearcats then gave up two straight points to let the frame slip away.
The second set was as hard fought as the first with the Greyhounds edging out BU. After Loyola gained its largest lead of the set, 19-12, the Bearcats fought back to tie the match at 24 on senior hitter Sandra DeVito's kill. Anna Lejina gave BU the 25-24 advantage with her serving ace, but the Greyhounds went on to score three consecutive points to take a two sets to none lead.
In the third and final set of the match, the Greyhounds jumped out to a 14-8 lead before BU strung together three straight kills cutting the lead to 15-12. Attacking errors by the Bearcats helped Loyola extend their lead to 20-13. The Greyhounds never looked back.
Anna Lejina and Michelle McDonough posted double-doubles for the Bearcats with 14 kills, 16 digs and 11 kills, 13 digs, repsectively.
Julie Chambers had her best performance of the tournament at the setter position, dishing out 37 assists.
Michell McDonough was named to the all-tournament team.
The Bearcats return to action next Friday against Jacksonville at the Sacred Heart Invitational in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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