For Immediate Release: November 2, 2008
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Binghamton volleyball sweeps Stony Brook
Bearcats clinch playoff berth; win fourth game in a row

Box Score

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - A strong team performance led Binghamton (13-12, 7-1) to a 3-0 win (26-24, 25-18, 25-20) over Stony Brook (11-15, 2-6) in an America East conference match on Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats' win coupled with a UMBC win over New Hampshire in their match this afternoon led to Binghamton clinching their fifth-straight postseason.

The Bearcats finish their five-game road swing with a 4-1 mark and have now won nine of their last 10 matches, including four in a row.

"Defense helped out a lot this game," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "Serving helped a lot also. We were able to run our offense because of the serving and passing. Our blockers got hands on a lot of balls, kept a lot of balls in play and were able to keep them to a low hitting percentage."

Sophomore hitter Anna Lejina led the offense with 11 kills. Senior hitter Ashley Allen and sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough each added 10 kills. McDonough also tallied two service aces.

Senior libero Jaclyn Strader recorded two service aces to go along with her 12 digs, and senior defensive specialist Katie Thomas contributed seven digs and three service aces.

Junior middle Dawn Lammert led Binghamton's defense with five blocks. Allen added four blocks of her own as well.

Sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller finished the match with 36 assists.

"Ashley did good job on right side both hitting and blocking," Kiriyama added. "Anna had 11 kills and did a nice job hitting as well. Jackie and Brianna good job on back row and were the mainstays on defense back there."

After falling behind 5-0 quickly in the first set, the Bearcats rallied to outscore the Seawolves 17-9 to take a 17-14 lead. From there, some back and forth scoring led to 24-24 deadlock before a Lejina kill and Allen and Lammert block gave the Bearcats the win.

Stony Brook jumped out to another quick lead in the second set before each team traded points leading to a 15-15 stalemate. Thanks to some timely kills and a service ace from Thomas, Binghamton was able to outscore their opponent 10-3 for the win.

The Bearcats owned the lead for most of the third set, trailing only twice and never by more than one point. Timely hitting and service aces helped break the ties and give the Bearcats the sweep.

Binghamton will return home to face UMBC on Senior Night on Friday. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

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