Immediate Release: October 23, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volleyball sweeps visiting Siena in three games
Kane and Mueller lead Bearcats to third straight win
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior middle Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) had nine kills and a match-high seven blocks and freshman setter Lindsey Mueller (West Bend West, Wis.) added a match-high 37 assists and 12 digs to lead Binghamton volleyball to a 3-0 match victory over Siena (17-5, 12-0 MAAC) on Tuesday at the West Gym. The Bearcats came out on top by scores of 30-27, 30-26, and 30-19.
With the win, Binghamton (14-14, 5-2 AE) has now won eight of its last 10 matches and is back at the .500 mark for the first time since September 11.
Mueller, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, notched her fifth consecutive double-double and her 20th of the season. She also added three kills, five blocks, and two service aces on the evening.
Freshman hitter Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) had a team-high 10 kills, senior outside Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) added nine of her own, and junior libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) had a match-high 15 digs in the winning effort.
Binghamton jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the opener, but Siena battled back bringing the deficit to within one point on four occasions before finally drawing even at 23-23. At 25-25, a Saints block and a BU attack error gave the visitors their first lead of the evening at 27-25 and forcing Binghamton to call a timeout to talk things over.
BU came out of the break needing to regroup and did so emphatically. Kane assisted on a block and then nailed a kill to even things up at 27-27. A Siena attack error gave BU the lead and Schauer, the Bearcats' senior captain, put away two consecutive kills to claim victory in game one by a 30-27 margin.
Game two was tied at 16-16 before a 9-1 Siena spurt gave the Saints a seemingly commanding 25-17 lead. The Bearcats, however, proved up to the challenge and answered by reeling off 10 straight points and closing out the game on a 13-1 run to take the 2-0 match lead.
BU jumped out to a 16-6 lead in game three and never looked back; sealing the match with a 30-19 game three win.
Binghamton heads to Maine on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.
BU leads the all-time series 13-5 advantage and has won eight of the last nine meetings...The two teams met a year ago with the Saints capturing a five-game decision...Binghamton has now won 19 of its last 21 matches at the West Gym...Kane entered the week ranked 23rd in the nation in blocks with 1.48 per game. As a team, the Bearcats hold the 32nd highest average in the nation with 2.95 per game.
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