Immediate Release: November 5, 2006
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Volleyball overwhelms host UMBC in three-game sweep
BU clinches third straight postseason berth and at least #2 seed
BALTIMORE, Md. - In one of its finest all-around efforts of the season, the Binghamton volleyball team (14-15, 8-2 AE) posted a 30-18, 30-19, 30-17 sweep over UMBC (12-14, 5-5 AE) in America East action Sunday at the RAC Arena.
With the victory, BU secures its third consecutive berth in the conference's postseason tournament and is now insured of at least a #2 seed headed into the regular season's final week of action.
The Bearcats posted a balanced hitting effort on the afternoon as Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio), Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.), Katie Robertson (Ancaster, Ontario) and Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) each shared team-high honors with eight kills apiece. Robertson led all hitters with a stellar .571 clip (8-0-14) while Hoag added a match-high 13 digs and three service aces.
As a team, Binghamton hit at a season-high .346 hitting percentage, totaling 43 kills and just seven attack errors on 104 swings.
"This was probably one of the most complete matches we've ever had," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We hit at a very high effieciency, we served tough, and passed and blocked really well. Everything just clicked for us today."
Binghamton closes out the regular season on Saturday and Sunday with a pair of back-to-back road matches at New Hampshire and Maine respectively. Both matches are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
Notes: Headed into the season's final week, BU needs an Albany loss on Wednesday at Stony Brook and a pair of victories over the weekend to claim its first America East regular season crown and serve as host to this year's volleyball championship...Hoag is now just 22 kills away (978) from becoming the fifth Binghamton player in program history to record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
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