Immediate Release: November 13, 2005
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volleyball defeats UMBC 3-1 in final regular season match
will face No. 3 Maine in semifinal of AE Championship as the
No. 2 seed
N.Y.-- Binghamton junior outside hitter Katie
Brody (Vestal, N.Y.) nailed a match- and season-high 22 kills,
leading Binghamton (18-11, 10-2 AE) to a 30-20, 30-26, 26-30,
30-22 win over UMBC (11-18, 4-8 AE) in an America East Conference
volleyball match on Sunday afternoon at West Gym. With this win,
Binghamton improves to 7-1 at home this season, which is the
best home record for the Bearcats since the jump to Division
I. The 10-2 conference record this season is by far a significant
improvement on last year's 7-7 conference record.
"I thought Brody had a good match," head coach Glenn
Kiriyama said. "She was on fire the last game. She was getting
a majority of the sets and came through for us."
Junior middle blocker Megan
Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) led Binghamton with 16 digs. She also
contributed nine kills while Brody added 12 digs. Freshman outside
Strong (Elkhart, Ind.) posted season-highs of 16 kills and
three aces. Strong also tallied 12 digs. Sophomore middle blocker
Kane (Centennial, Colo.) added 10 kills and eight blocks.
Junior setter Ashley
Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) passed 56 assists and added 13
digs. Sophomore Kathleen
Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) produced 10 kills.
UMBC, Christine Skala had a match-high 19 digs, including her
1,476 career dig to become the Retrievers all-time digs leader.
Jessie Folk and Julia Hood each had a team-high 13 kills.
In the third game, with the Bearcats up 11-10, Folk delivered
back-to-back aces to help UMBC go ahead of Binghamton. The Bearcats
never regained the lead in the third game.
UMBC hung tough and trailed 16-14 in the fourth game. Binghamton
used a 8-2 run to pull away from the Retrievers and win the game
"I thought we executed well, our blocking kept us in the
match," Kiriyama said. "The 10-2 (conference) record
is fabulous for this squad. They have worked hard for it all
year long and gained confidence in themselves. I am sure we will
go to the conference tournament with a lot of confidence in our
The America East Championship will take place on the campus of
Albany. The semifinal matches will begin on November 18. In the
first semifinal match will be No. 4 Stony Brook versus No. 1
Albany at 5:30. In the second semifinal of the day the No. 2
seeded Bearcats will face No. 3 Maine at 8 p.m. The Championship
match will be will take place on November 19 at 5 p.m.