For Immediate Release: September 6, 2005
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Syracuse hangs on to defeat Binghamton volleyball team 3-1

Box score

VESTAL, N.Y.--Senior right side hitter Kelly Duan had a match-high 24 kills and senior setter Aila Dommestrup added a match-high 55 assists, leading Syracuse (3-1) to a four-game win over Binghamton (4-1) in a non-conference volleyball match at West Gym on Wednesday night. The Orange dropped the first game 30-28 before bouncing back to sweep the next three games 30-16, 30-26 and 32-20.

Duan was one of three Syracuse players to reach double figures in kills. Sophomore middle blocker Cheryl Cobbina posted 13 kills while senior outside hitter Kristen Conway recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs.

Binghamton was led by junior outside hitter Katie Brody (Vestal, N.Y.), who recorded 17 kills and sophomore middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.), who added 13 kills. Junior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) tallied 44 assists while freshman libiro Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) had a team-high 10 digs.

"We played a tough team tonight and overall, we gave it a strong effort," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We had some lapses in the second and third games that cost us and we struggled in our passing game."

The biggest lapse came in the third game, as Binghamton held a 21-14 advantage before the Orange went on a 16-5 run to close out the game. Syracuse was tough at the net in the third game, posting five of its nine total blocks.

Binghamton would go quietly, however, as it rebounded from a 7-1 deficit in the fourth game to tie up the score at 11-11. The Orange went ahead 28-23 before the Bearcats reeled off six points to take a 29-28 lead. A fifth and deciding game appeared likely.

It was then, however, that Syracuse fought off a game point to tie the score at 29-29. The Bearcats fought off a match point to tie the score at 30-30 before the Orange scored the clinching two points.

Binghamton returns to action this weekend at the William & Mary Tournament.

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