Immediate Release: November 19, 2005
At Albany's University Gym, Binghamton won by scores of 30-20, 28-30, 30-21, 30-28, topping their longtime SUNY rivals for the third time this season.
"It's truly been one of those dream seasons," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "It's been magical how things have worked out. We never could have expected such an ending ... it's just been tremendous. Everyone's worked so hard and we've truly earned it this year."
In the clinching game 4, BU trailed 28-26 before freshman outside hitter Brianna Strong (Elkhart, Ind.) tied the game with a pair of kills. A Stony Brook attack error gave BU a 29-28 lead before junior Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) served an ace to end the match and give BU the championship.
Sophomore middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) led BU with 11 kills and 19 digs and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer. Kane hit .360 for the match and added eight blocks.
Joining Kane on the all-tournament team were junior outside hitter Katie Brody (Vestal, N.Y.) and junior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.). Brody totalled 13 kills and 15 digs while Meffert handed out 42 assists and posted a team-high 21 digs.
Strong was the fourth player to record a double-double. She contributed 10 kills and 19 digs.
the season each conference win was a stepping stone for us, helping
give us confidence," Kiriyama added. "Then the idea
of actually winning the conference began to solidify as the season
went on. And tonight it was there for the taking. To me one of
the turning points was the New Hampshire match (a 3-2 BU win
on Oct. 2). We were down 0-2 at home and battled back to sweep
the final three games, giving us our first-ever win over New
Hampshire. I felt that was a big-time win for our program and
helped lead into victories over Albany and Maine."
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