Immediate Release: Novmeber 12, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton volleyball program moved to .500 for the first time this season with its win over Stony Brook Friday night. BU (13-13, 8-3 AE) defeated the Seawolves (11-16, 6-5 AE) in four sets 25-17, 14-25, 25-21, 29-27. With the win Binghamton still keeps its outside chance of winning the America East regular season title.
"It was a very important win and at least gives us the chance to host the tournament," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "Stony Brook gave us a tough match, both teams played extremely hard. Anna (Lejina) hit the ball well tonight and came up big for us late in the match. We've been working hard on our blocking and it was good to see it paid off."
In the first set Binghamton came out firing on all cylinders as they jumped out to a 12-8 advantage on an Anna Lejina kill. Binghamton continued to roll as they extended their lead to 20-14 thanks to a pair of unexpected kills from setter Julie Chambers. The Bearcats closed out the set on a kill by Lejina who registered seven in the frame.
The second set was owned by Stony Brook as Binghamton's offense sputtered. The Seawolves took the frame, 25-14 holding BU to a season-low -.108 hitting percentage. The Bearcats would bounce back however, taking the next two sets 25-21 and 29-27.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the third as the game was time multiple times. Binghamton, down 20-18, went on a 5-0 run to take the 23-20 advantage, forcing Stony Brook to call time out. The Bearcats went on to win the set with a kill from sophomore Alex Roland.
In the fourth and final set, the two teams competed extremely hard as Stony Brook took the upper hand late in the set. Following a BU timeout, Stony Brook up 21-20, dropped the next two points. The Bearcats continued their run by adding three more points on huge blocks by seniors Mercedes Montford and Sandra DeVito. With the score at 23-21, Stony Brook refused to be closed out fighting off three match points. Finally, two serving errors and a kill by Lejina gave Binghamton the hard fought conference win.
Senior hitter Anna Lejina finished the match with a double-double recording 22 kills and 11 digs. Fellow classmate, senior captain Michelle McDonough contributed a double-double of her own, registering in 11 kills and 10 digs
Freshman Xiomara Ortiz had a huge game defensively coming up with 21 digs for the Bearcats. Junior Julie Chambers filled the stat sheet dishing out 42 assists while chipping in six digs, two kills, two block assists and a service ace.
With the win Binghamton stays in the hunt for the America East regular season title. BU would need to win on Sunday and have Albany to lose one of their final two games. Binghamton holds the tie-breaker over Albany.
Binghamton plays their final match of the regular season this Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. as they welcome Hartford to the West Gym. Six graduating seniors will be honored prior to the game.
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