sweep conference foe UMBC
VESTAL, N.Y.--Back home after playing five straight matches on the road, Binghamton (14-10, 4-4 AE) avenged an earlier loss to the Retrievers (14-12, 3-5 AE), defeating UMBC 30-26, 30-20, 30-26 on Tuesday evening at East Gymnasium.
"We knew there would be a lot of digging and some long rallies tonight," BU head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "I thought our blocking was excellent and that really shut down their hitters. I was also pleased with our serving. We were serving very well, which made it hard for their offense to get going and helped our blockers."
The Bearcats served up 12 aces and totalled 10 blocks, while taking advantage of 27 attack errors by UMBC. Freshman setter Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) had five aces and six blocks, while junior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) produced seven blocks and maintained a .538 attack percentage. Junior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) had a match-high 14 kills and freshman setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek) passed out 35 assists.
"Ashley has been steady for us all season," Kiriyama said. "She works hard and has the attitude to go out and quickly learn a new team and a new offense."
Graduate student Jennifer Davis (Ontario, Canada/Sir Allen Macnab) and freshman Julia Hood (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte) each had 10 kills for the Retrievers and sophomore setter Megan Gross (Mont Clair, Va./Forest Park) tallied 32 assists.
Earlier this month, the Bearcats traveled to Baltimore and led the match 2-1 before UMBC rallied from a 26-20 deficit in the fourth game and ultimately won the match in five games. With the win this evening, the Bearcats surpass their conference win total from a year ago.
Binghamton continues its homestand this weekend with conference matches against Albany on Friday at 6 p.m. and Northeastern on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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