For Immediate Release: November 7, 2008
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Binghamton volleyball defeats UMBC 3-1
Bearcats have won five in a row; 10 of last 11

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough registered a career-high 22 kills to lead Binghamton (14-12, 8-1) to a hard fought 3-1 win (28-26, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23) over UMBC (16-11, 5-) in an America East conference match on Friday evening.

With the win the Bearcats clinch at least a number two seed in the upcoming America East tournament and have now won 10 of their last 11 matches and five in a row.

"It was another battle out there," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We knew it was going to be a tough match after we played them the first time."

Sophomore hitter Anna Lejina added 19 kills of her own to go along with seven digs, five blocks and three aces. Senior hitter Ashley Allen also added 12 kills.

Senior libero Jaclyn Strader tallied a team-high 14 digs and became the all-division leader in with 1,553 career digs. Earlier this season Strader became the all-time Division I career leader.

Junior middle Dawn Lammert and sophomore middle Mercedes Montford each had six blocks in the match. Montford's total is her new career-high.

Sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller dished out a season-high 55 assists and added seven digs and three blocks.

"It was a good all around effort," Kiriyama said. "Our outsides did a tremendous job getting kill after kill for us. We got the blocks and the digs when we needed to and we got on a couple nice service runs that gave us the lead in a couple games."

UMBC was paced by Alyssa Lang who had 16 kills and Pam Jarrett who had a mtach-high 19 digs.

Binghamton's final home match of the season will come against Albany on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Notes: Prior to the game Allen, Strader and Katie Thomas were honored as part of a senior night ceremony ... The Bearcats achieved season-highs in both kills (64) and assists (60) ... Strader moved into sole possession of second place in career aces in the match and now has 143 ... Lammert moved into fifth place in career blocks and has a three-year total of 264 ... Megan Rogers scooped a career-high 11 digs

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