Immediate Release: August 25, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
volleyball drops season opener to Toledo in four games
unable to keep up with host Rockets
OH - The Binghamton volleyball team fell 3-1 to host University
of Toledo its 2006 season-opener at the Rocket Volleyball Classic
at John F. Savage Hall Friday afternoon. The host Rockets won
30-26, 16-30, 30-16, 30-21. The Bearcats conclude their first
day of competition with a 5 p.m. match with Big Ten power Michigan
"We fought, but ultimately we just couldnt keep up with
them in the last two games. We had some trouble containing their
hitters and ultimately I think that was the difference,"
said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "I think we can play better,
especially with both our passing and hitting. Defensively, however,
I was pretty happy with what I saw today."
Both teams fought hard in game one with the Bearcats overcoming
an early 13-5 deficit to take their first lead of the afternoon
at 25-24. Toledo would prove too tough though, as the Rockets
closed the game on a 6-1 surge thanks to a pair of kills from
senior outside hitter Kate Bean as well as two Binghamton hitting
Again in game two, both teams would come out fighting. This time
around, however, Binghamton would have the upperhand. After a
back and forth start, the Bearcat women broke open a game in
which they narrowly led by a 13-11 margin, using a commanding
17-5 run to capture a 30-16 game two victory.
After squaring things away at one game a piece, the match turned
back in the Rockets favor as they failed to relinquish the lead
over the final two games, a span in which Binghamton made 16
attack errors and hit just .037.
collected a match-high 17 kills (.200) and Mallory Ladd had 49
assists and 10 digs to lead the Rockets' attack. Toledo (1-0)
hit .160 for the afternoon compared to .093 for Binghamton (0-1).
Two Binghamton players hit in double-figures led by juniors Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo. )
with 12 and Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.)
with 10, while making just three errors. Schauer also added 11
digs to register a double-double, while Kane had a team-best
Senior setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville,
Ky.) added 37 assists and a team-high 17 digs while classmate
Katie Robertson (Ancaster, Ontario)
was impressive in her return to the court, depositing 7 kills
to go along with 13 digs. Robertson missed the final five contests
in 2005 due to a late-season leg injury.