Immediate Release: October 7, 2007
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Volleyball suffers first conference loss at Stony Brook, 3-1
Hot-hitting Seawolves snap Bearcats' four-match winning streak
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Morgan Sweany had a match-high 26 kills and Jacki Ahlers added 21 of her own as Stony Brook volleyball (14-7, 2-1 America East) posted a 3-1 victory (30-21, 30-18, 22-30, 30-26) over Binghamton (10-13, 3-1 AE) in volleyball action Sunday afternoon on Long Island.
The loss snaps the Bearcats' four-match winning streak and is the team's first conference setback on the season.
"We didn't play overly well. Our ballhandling was never strong enough for us to run a consistent offense and we just couldnt put ball away when we needed to," said ninth-year head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We just need to get a little more consistent. I am proud that we came back in the third game and made a run in thr fourth. But, while it was good to see that, we still need to pick up our play."
Stony Brook outhit BU .331 to .214 and recorded 72 kills compared to the Bearcats' 51. After registering 35.5 team blocks in its previous two matches, Binghamton managed only five on the afternoon.
Freshman Sandra DeVito (Manlius, N.Y.) led three BU players to reach double figures in kills with a season-high 14 and a .367 (14-3-30) hitting percentage. Seniors Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) and Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) chipped in with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
The host Seawolves got off to a hot start, outhitting BU .417 to .062, and comfortably captured the first two games, 30-21 and 30-18. The Bearcats rebounded to stave off elimination in game three with a 30-22 win, but Stony Brook sealed things up winning a competitive fourth game, 30-26.
The Bearcats return to Vestal for the first of three consecutive home dates, beginning on Tuesday against upstate N.Y. neighbor Cornell University. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
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