Immediate Release: November 8, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
Binghamton falls to first-place Stony Brook 3-1
Bearcats will carry No. 4 seed into next week's AE Championship
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Stony Brook senior hitter Jacki Ahlers had a match-high 30 kills to lead the first-place Seawolves (22-7, 10-1 AE) to their 10th straight victory in a 3-1 sweep over Binghamton (15-17, 6-5 AE) on Thursday evening at the West Gym. The Seawolves came out on top by scores of 30-26, 31-29, 28-30, and 30-28.
With the loss, BU falls to 6-5 in league play and is assured of the No. 4 seed and a date with the regular season champion Seawolves in next weekend's America East Championship on Long Island.
Senior hitter Morgan Sweany added 20 kills and senior setter Kaitlyn Deutsch had a match-high 64 assists in the winning effort.
Sophomore Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wis.) had 14 kills to lead three Bearcats that hit for double-digit kills. Freshman hitter Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) had 13 kills and 13 digs, and senior hitter and team captain Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) finished with 11 to her credit. Junior libero Katie Thomas (Wappingers, N.Y.) added a team-high 17 digs for the Bearcats.
Freshman setter Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis.) had 49 assists to go along with 12 digs for her 23rd double-double of the season. Mueller also had four blocks on the evening.
Senior middle Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) added six kills and a team-high seven blocks. Her seven blocks establishes a new single-season school record of 175. She surpasses the previous mark of 174 set by former Bearcat Anne Crocus in 2002.
Kane now has 600 career blocks and is just one shy of second on the all-time list and 13 behind Susan Rinde 84 for the programs all-time lead (613).
"I thought our team fought well," said ninth-year head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "It was a match that could have gone either way. The games were close and I was proud of the way our team played. Just a couple plays here and there made the difference."
Ahlers got off to a red-hot start nailing eight kills on 11 attacks to lead the Seawolves to a 30-26 game one win.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair featuring 15 ties and six lead changes. The Seawolves led 26-23 before a 5-0 BU run put the Bearcats ahead, 28-26. Stony Brook rallied back, however, reeling off five of the final six points and fighting off game point at 29-28, to register a 31-29 win and take a 2-0 match lead.
The two teams battled through 16 ties and eight lead changes in the third set. The score was even at 27-27 before a 3-1 BU run kept the Bearcat hopes alive stretching the match to a fourth game.
Game four was yet another tight affair. The score stood tied at 28-28 before a Stony Brook kill and a BU error gave the Seawolves their 10th straight victory and the season sweep over the Bearcats.
"We have a couple days here to prepare for the regular season finale and we are looking forward to sending the seniors out on a strong note here at home."
Binghamton concludes the 2007 regular season as they host Hartford on Sunday at 2 p.m. Prior to the match, BU will honor its four graduating seniors Kane, Schauer, Rachel Ayers (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and Ashley Hoin (Menands, N.Y.).
Kane entered the contest ranked 15th in the nation in blocks per game (1.52 b/g)...As a team, the Bearcats are 25th overall with 3.02 blocks per game...BU had won 19 of its last 21 matches at the West Gym entering Thursday's contest...Stony Brook holds a 22-15 advantage in the all-time series.
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