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For Immediate Release: October 19, 2008
Contact: Leonard Iannizzotto (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton volleyball defeats UMBC 3-1
Improve AE record to 5-1; three Bearcats post double-digit kills

Box Score

BALTIMORE, MD. - Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough recorded a match-high 21 kills to lead Binghamton (10-12, 5-1) over UMBC (15-7, 4-1) 3-1 (24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 27-25) in an America East volleyball match on Sunday afternoon. McDonough also added 14 digs to collect her third double-double of the season.

"It was a tight match and we fought well in games three and four to pull those out," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We stayed aggressive and didn't let up, which was good to see. We scrapped well on defense too. This keeps us in the hunt for first place."

After dropping a first set that went down to the wire, the Bearcats came out strong in the second set, twice enjoying leads of eight points. The Retrievers battled back, making a late comeback attempt before finally dropping the set on a pair of service aces by senior libero Jaclyn Strader.

Binghamton took a 12-11 lead midway through the third set and never looked back. The fourth set saw numerous lead changes before the Bearcats rattled off three consecutive points for the victory.

Two other Bearcats posted double digit kills on the afternoon. Senior hitter Ashley Allen followed McDonough with 14 kills and two blocks, while sophomore hitter Anna Lejina tallied 11 kills and four blocks.

"I thought we had some timely hits," Kiriyama added."McDonough had a nice match and I thought Ashley Allen had some key blocks and kept us in the game with her timely hitting."

Sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller also recorded a double-double on the afternoon, finishing with 48 assists and 17 digs.

Junior blocker Dawn Lammert finished with a team-high five blocks.

Strader recorded 13 digs and notched three of Binghamton's seven service aces.

UMBC had two players post double-doubles, and had three players with 14 kills a piece. Kira Giles led the Retrievers with 31 assists while Pam Jarrett recorded 15 digs.

Binghamton will be off until they face Cornell next Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in Ithaca in their final non-conference match of the season.

NOTE: McDonough's 21 kills is her career high and the sophomore now has 515 career kills, becoming only the third player in Binghamton history to accumulate 500 kills after only a freshman and sophomore season.

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