For Immediate Release: October 29, 2010
Contact: Terrence Lollie (
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton swept by UMBC at Dig Pink! Night
Bearcats unable to generate any offense on stingy Retriever defense

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton volleyball team fell to UMBC in straight sets Friday night (24-26, 17-25,15-25) as they held their third annual Dig Pink! Night in support of Breast Cancer awareness. BU has dropped their second consecutive America East match and out of a tie atop the conference standings. The Bearcats are now 5-3 in conference play and 10-13 overall.

The first set of the match was the most competitive as UMBC built an early 14-9 lead. BU was able to put together a 6-1 run, tying the frame at 15 and forcing UMBC to call time out. The set went back and forth witnessing six ties down the stretch. BU fought off two set points to even the set at 24. They would falter however, as UMBC took the final two points and the one set to none advantage.

The next two sets of the match were not nearly as interesting as UMBC took set two 25-17 and the third 25-15. The Retrievers took early leads in both sets using a strong defense to halt the Binghamton attack. BU was unable to mount any sort of comeback falling too far behind and making key mistakes throughout the final two sets.

UMBC out blocked Binghamton 10-4 and used a staggering hitting percentage of .480 in the third set en route to their fifth conference victory.

Senior captain Michelle McDonough led the Bearcats with 10 kills and nine digs. Junior setter Julie Chambers handed out 29 assists while chipping in seven digs.

Anna Lejina moved into third place on BU's all-time kills list with her nine terminations Friday night. Lejina now has a career total of 1,087 kills. McDonough is just 43 kills away from becoming Binghamton's all-time leader.

Binghamton is off until next week when they travel to Providence, Rhode Island next Friday night to take on the Friars. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.

Note: Dig Pink! is the name of the Breast Cancer awareness rally that takes place in gyms all over the country during Breast Cancer awareness month (October). Dig Pink! is the Side-Out Foundation's trademark name for its fundraising events. All proceeds benefit Side-Out, which in turn awards grants to medical research organizations and entities providing support to breast cancer patients.

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