Immediate Release: October 15, 2006
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Volleyball tops UMBC 3-1, extends home streak to DI-best 10 games
VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) had team-high 15 kills to lead Binghamton (9-14, 4-1 AE) to a 30-27, 30-14, 17-30, 30-27 victory over visiting UMBC (9-12, 2-3 AE) in America East volleyball action Sunday at the West Gym. The victory extends BU's current home winning streak to a Division-I best 10 games and marks the squad's sixth triumph in its last eight matches.
Hoag was one of three BU players with double-doubles on the afternoon as she added 14 digs. Also tallying double-doubles were Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) with a match-high 47 assists 13 digs and Katie Robertson (Ancaster, Ontario) with a 10 kill, 11-dig performance.
Junior middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colorado) was again a dominant force at the net for BU blocking a match-high 10 UMBC efforts. Kane also added seven kills at a match-high .286 clip.
"I was happy with today's performance," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We got off to a strong start and I thought our blocking really paved the way for us."
Junior Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) also added 11 kills and 8 digs while the sophomore defensive tandem of Katherine Courage (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) were solid on BU's backline, chipping in with 16 and 15 digs respectively.
Courtesy of seven UMBC service errors, Binghamton took the opener by a 30-27 margin. The Bearcats' momentum carried over into the second frame as, on the strength of a match-high .486 hitting percentage, BU stormed ahead 20-6 and cruised to a 30-14 victory.
The third set was a sea-saw affair featuring eight ties and five lead changes. UMBC led 20-17 late in the contest before running off ten straight points to stave off elimination and force a fourth game.
In game four, the Retrievers led from the onset and looked poised to even the match up at two games apiece. However, facing a 22-18 deficit, Binghamton reeled off four consecutive points to take its first lead and held on for a 30-27 triumph.
Freshman Ashley Oscars led three Retrievers' hitters in double figures with a match-high 18 kills and 14 digs. Ashley Hargrove and Angela Anderson each chipped in with 10 kills apiece in the losing effort.
Binghamton will look to extend its current home winning streak to a Division-I best 11 games on Friday as they host Maine in a 6 p.m. contest at the West Gym.
Notes: Hoag has now tallied double-doubles in two straight matches and 12 times this season...Kane currently leads the conference with 113 total blocks. With 18 in two matches over the weekend, she is now seventh on Binghamtons all-time block list (375)...Meffert now has eight double-doubles on the season while Robertson has five .
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