Immediate Release: October 21, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
Volleyball sweeps season series from UMBC with 3-0 win
move into second place with key road victory
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Third-year outside Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) hit a career-best
.429 with 17 kills to lead visiting Binghamton to a 3-0 sweep
of UMBC at RAC Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats (13-14,
5-2 AE) came out on top by scores of 30-27, 30-25, and 30-21.
With the win, BU sweeps the regular season series from UMBC (19-7,
4-3 AE) and moves into sole possession of second place in the
America East Conference - one game behind first-place Stony Brook.
On Friday, Binghamton took a 3-1 decision over the then conference-leading
Retrievers at the West Gym.
Sunday's performance capped off a stellar weekend for Allen against
the Retrievers. The 6-2 junior hitter averaged 4.57 kills per
game and hit .287 in the two BU victories. She has now hit in
double-digit kills 10 times this season.
"It was a nice all-around team effort," said ninth-year
head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We did everything well, from
serving to blocking. We kept the pressure on them at the net
and had them playing catch-up throughout most of the afternoon."
BU's play at the net once again proved to be a key factor, as
the Bearcats dictated the play, outblocking the Retrievers 16-7.
In the two matches, Binghamton held a combined advantage of 30
blocks to 10.
also hurt the Retrievers in the match against Binghamton as they
committed 30 errors compared to BU's 15. The Retrievers hit just
.075 from the floor, while the Bearcats posted a hitting percentage
Bend West, Wis.) led the Bearcats with 43 assists and 13 digs,
while also adding four assisted blocks. Mueller recorded double-doubles
in both matches and has now recorded double-doubles in four consecutive
matches and 19 times this season. She averaged 12.14 assists
per game over those two matches, as well as 3.57 digs per game
and 1.29 blocks per game.
(Centennial, Colo.) and Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) each posted nine
kills apiece. Kane added a match-high nine blocks. For the weekend,
Kane averaged 2.43 kills per game at a team-high .341 hitting
percentage, and 2.57 blocks per game. She continues to lead the
America East Conference on the season with 141 total blocks (1.48/gm).
Junior libero Jaclyn
(Kettering, Ohio) was very active along the back row for BU,
chipping in with a match-high 22 digs in the victory. Strader
has recorded double-digits in digs in 25 of 27 matches this season.
host Siena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Binghamton now leads the all-time series 9-3 and has won nine
of 10 from the Retrievers...BU has swept the regular season series
in three consecutive years...The Bearcats posted team three-game
match highs in kills (47) and assists (47) in Sunday's match..The
Bearcats have now won seven of nine matches and are a game within
.500 on the season for the first time since September 14...UMBC
entered the weekend having won 10 of 12 matches. Sunday's home
loss at the RAC arena snapped a 10-match home winning streak.