Immediate Release: November 3, 2006
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Seniors lead Bearcats to 3-0 sweep over Stony Brook
BU women finish the regular season home schedule with a perfect 7-0 mark
VESTAL, N.Y - Seniors Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio), Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) and Katie Robertson (Ancaster, Ontario) made the most of their final regular season home match, leading the Bearcats' offense in an emphatic 3-0 (30-28, 30-25, 30-17) sweep over visiting Stony Brook in America East action on Friday evening at the West Gym.
Hoag shared team-high honors with 12 kills and a career-high .647 hitting percentage (12-1-17), Robertson added 10 kills, eight digs and five blocks while Meffert record her 11th double-double of the season with 31 assists and a match-high 19 digs.
"This senior class has done a lot for this program," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "They've been an integral part of our transformation from strangers to the postseason to perennial conference contenders. It was only fitting they were the ones to lead the way tonight."
The victory extends BU's home winning streak to a school-record 14 matches and gives the Bearcats their first unbeaten home season in program history.
"Our fans have been just tremendous," said Kiriyama. "The program has really developed a strong following of both students and community members. Having such great support behind us definitely makes an impact."
Also for Binghamton, junior Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) notched 12 kills without an error and hit at a career-best .480 clip while junior Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) added a match-best 10 blocks in the winning effort.
Both teams volleyed for control early on in the opening set, but it was Stony Brook (12-15, 5-5 AE) that forged ahead 20-13. The Bearcats, however, would rally back on the strength of a 15-4 run and fend off a late Seawolves spurt to register the 30-28 victory.
Game two was a see-saw affair with 16 ties and seven lead changes. Trailing 21-20, BU reeled off five consecutive points on Jaclyn Strader's serve to snag the lead and take the momentum back from their SUNY counterparts. The Seawolves would get no closer than three points the rest of the way as the Bearcats prevailed 30-25.
It was all Binghamton in the third frame as the Bearcats jumped out to a 11-2 advantage and cruised to a comfortable 30-17 win.
Stony Brook's Morgan Sweany led all hitters on the evening with a match-high 14 kills while Gulce Dikecligil added 12.
Binghamton (13-15, 7-2 AE) will play its final three regular season contests on the road beginning on Sunday with a 2 p.m. match against UMBC.
Notes: Prior to the contest, the BU senior trio along with classmate Shadi Movahedian were honored with their families as part of Senior Day festivities...BU has not lost in the West Gym since a 3-1 defeat against Syracuse on September 6, 2005...Hoag is now just 30 kills away (970) from becoming the fifth Binghamton player in program history to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs...Kane's 10 blocks move her into sixth all-time on BU's career list (404)...Binghamton is now 6-1 in its last seven matches against Stony Brook.
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