Immediate Release: October 7, 2005
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Binghamton volleyball remains undefeated in conference play with a 3-1 win over Stony Brook
STONY BROOK, N.Y.-- Binghamton volleyball team (11-9, 3-0 AE) remains undefeated in conference play with a 3-1 win over host Stony Brook (7-10, 1-2 AE) in an America East volleyball match Friday night at the SBU Sports Complex. Binghamton won by the scores of 30-20, 26-30, 30-26, 30-27. The Bearcats 3-0 start against conference foes this season is best start for the Bearcats since joining the conference four years ago.
In the first game, tied at 7-7, Binghamton took the advantage on a ball handling error and did not let the lead go for the rest of game one. The Bearcats ended the game strong by scoring the final six points of the game for the 30-20 win.
Game two started with a 15-2 Bearcat advantage, both of Stony Brook's points came from Binghamton errors. Then the Seawovles woke going on a 13-3 run, to narrow their deficit to three. Stony Brook followed by tying the game at 25-25. The Seawolves ended the game on a 5-1 run, the one Bearcat point was on a Stony Brook service error. The Seawolves won the game 30-26.
In the third game of the match, there was three lead changes when the score was knotted at 12-12. Binghamton went on a 7-1 run to take the final lead of the game, winning 30-26.
Stony Brook took the early lead in the final game of the match to have 10-3 advantage. Binghamton struck back with a 7-0 run to knot the game at 10-10. Stony Brook bounced back by opened the lead to as much as five points before the Bearcats were able to again knot the game at 17-17. The two teams traded leads back and forth never letting the opponent to more than a one point lead till the game was tied at 23-23. Binghamton took the lead on a Stony Brook attack error, followed by a kill by junior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio). Stony Brook was able to come within one point on a Binghamton service error, but that was as close at it got. Binghamton never let go of the lead on its way to a 30-27 victory. There was eight lead changes in the final game.
Binghamton was led by junior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) with 35 assists and 16 digs, while junior outside hitter Katie Brody (Vestal, N.Y.) had a team-highs of 13 kills and 5 aces. Sophomore middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) added 11 kills with a .500 hitting percentage and had a match-high 6 blocks. Hoag contributed with 12 kills. Freshman libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) had 9 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Kathleen Schauer (Litteton, Colo.) and Brody each added 8 digs.
"I am glad to get the win," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "It was a good team effort. We collapsed in game two but were able to stick with it. The team came together in the final to games to pull off the win."
Binghamton hosts defending America East Champion Albany on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the West Gym. Binghamton lost all three matches to the Great Danes last season by the score of 3-0, including the Bearcats first-ever match in the America East Championship.
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