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For Immediate Release: October 13, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Volleyball falls 3-1 on the road at Stony Brook
Bearcats suffer first conference setback on the year

Box Score

STONY BROOK, N.Y - In a rematch of last year's America East Championship, the Binghamton volleyball team (8-14, 3-1 AE) dropped a 3-1 decision to Stony Brook (10-11, 3-1 AE) Friday evening on Long Island. The host Seawolves won by scores of 30-26, 23-30, 32-30, 30-15.

"It was a tough match," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "Stony Brook is a solid team all around. They did a great job in hitting and digging against us. We just couldn't put the ball past them."

Stony Brook's Morgan Sweany and Gulce Dikecligil each registered double-doubles to pace the Seawolves. Sweany led all hitters on the evening with a match-high 25 kills to go along with 18 digs, while Dikecligil chipped in with 19 kills and 20 digs.

BU had a pair of players record double-digit kills led by Jacki Kane (Centennia, Colo.) with 15 followed by Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) with 11. Kane also recorded a team-high .333 hitting percentage and a match-best eight blocks while Hoag notched her 11th double-double of the season kicking in a team-high 15 digs.

Both teams volleyed for control early on in the opening set, but it was Stony Brook that forged ahead on the strength of a 8-2 run to grab a 24-17 lead. The Seawolves looked poised to take game one, but Binghamton had other plans as the Bearcats scored 11 of the next 15 rallies to square things away at 28-28. BU's comeback bid, however, would fall short, as their SUNY counterparts won the final two points to claim a 30-28 victory.

In game two, Binghamton jumped on the Seawolves with a 14-9 lead before SBU knotted the score at 18-18. Keyed by 10-2 run, the Bearcats prevailed 30-23 to even the match at one game apiece.

The third set was a sea-saw affair with eight lead changes and no more than four points separating the two teams from wire to wire. On the arms of Sweany (eight kills) and Dikecligil (six kills) again narrowly came out on top capturing a 32-30 victory.

It was all Stony Brook in the fourth frame as the Seawolves cruised to a 30-15 win, outhitting BU by a staggering .548-.029 margin.

Binghamton looks to extend its
current home winning streak to a Division-I best 10 games on Sunday afternoon as they return to the West Gym for a 2 p.m. tilt against UMBC.

Notes: Needing just four digs entering tonight's contest, Hoag surpassed that goal, moving into 10th all-time on BU's career dig list...Kane's eight blocks give her the eighth highest mark in Binghamton history (365)...The Stony Brook victory marks its first triumph over BU in its last six attempts.

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