Immediate Release: September 20, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
drops a five-game heartbreaker at Siena
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. Binghamton volleyball dropped a five-game
(25-30, 40-38, 30-26, 17-30, 15-8) heartbreaker to defending
MAAC champion Siena in a regionally telecast and world wide webcast
match Wednesday night from the Alumni Recreation Center.
The Bearcats got off to a fast start, pounding 16 kills while
committing just four errors to capture game one 30-25. In an
epic second game that saw 15 lead changes and nine combined game
points go for naught, BU fought resiliently, staving off defeat
on seven occasions and trading points with the host Saints until
a pair of Bearcat errors at 38-38 spelled the end of the longest
game in program history, 40-38.
Following its marathon victory, Siena carried the momentum into
the match's third game, taking a 30-26 decision to grab a 2-1
advantage. Facing elimination in the fourth game, Binghamton
bounced back with authority, using a 12-2 spurt to cruise to
a 30-17 victory. In the fifth and deciding set, however, it was
all Siena. The Saints burst out of the gate and never looked
back, leading from wire-to-wire in a 15-8 triumph.
"It was a pretty close match throughout," said head
coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We just didn't execute well in that
final game. Hopefully we will continue to improve and raise our
game before conference play gets underway."
middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) tied for
the team-lead with 17 kills at a match-best .389 clip. The 6-2
middle blocker was an imposing force at the net, recording a
season-high nine blocks. Right side hitter Kathleen Schauer
(Littleton, Colo.) complemented her fellow classmate with a career-high
17 kills and six blocks. In all, BU outblocked Siena by a 13-4
"I thought we did an excellent job blocking tonight. We
got our hands on a lot of balls and were able to send a lot back
Senior setter Ashley Meffert added a 49-assist, 11-dig
double-double, her sixth of the season, while seniors Katie
Robertson (Ancaster, Ontario) and Megan Hoag (Brunswick,
Ohio) each kicked in double-doubles of their own. Hoag contributed
15 kills and 18 digs, while Robertson finished with 10 kills
and 16 digs to her credit.
Christie Gustafson led four Saints to hit in double-figures with
a match-high 19 kills and 12 digs. Burgandy McCurty converted
on 17 of her attacks with just four errors (.351), while MAAC
Preseason Player of the Year, Nadiege Honore chipped in with
Despite being outhit .247 to .188 on the evening, Siena finished
with a 77-69 advantage in total kills.
Binghamton makes the jaunt down to Philadelphia this weekend
for the Sheraton Penn Invitational, its final tournament prior
to conference play. The Bearcats open up the tournament Saturday
night versus the host Quakers at 7:30 p.m., while day two pits
BU up against Fairleigh Dickinson and Quinnipiac.
Notes: The 40-38 game two score was the highest scoring
game Binghamton has ever been involved in since the NCAA went
to a 30-point rally scoring format prior to the 2001 season....The
Bearcats are now 3-2 in matches that have gone five games.