Immediate Release: September 28, 2007
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Volleyball outlasts UNH in thrilling conference opener
Bearcats halt eight-match losing streak with 3-2 win
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton volleyball (7-12, 1-0 America East) outlasted New Hampshire (11-5, 0-1 AE) in the 2007 America East Conference opener for both teams on Friday night at the West Gym. The Bearcats came out on top by scores of 22-30, 30-26, 30-27, 24-30, and 15-13. The victory snaps BU's eight-match losing streak and is the program's 15th-straight home conference win.
Sophomore Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wis.) had a team- and career-high 15 kills at a .500 clip (15-4-22) to lead five Bearcat hitters in double-digits.
"That was a great match team," said ninth-year head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "I thought our team fought well at the end of the games, especially in the fifth game. They stayed in it, didn't give up and were really aggressive."
"I thought we served aggressively for most of match - that was the big key. Also, I thought we blocked well and at the right times. We got some key ones at the end there, especially in game four and game five. It was a scrappy match on both sides. It wasn't pretty. We didn't hit for a high percentage, but we got the job done."
Led by a match-high 11 blocks from senior Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.), BU outblocked UNH, 15-12. Kane, who entered the week second in the conference in blocks per game, also posted 13 kills and a .379 (13-2-29) hitting percentage.
Senior captain Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) added 13 kills and freshman Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill.) put down 12 kills to go along with 17 digs for the double-double.
Fellow freshman Lindsey Mueller (West Bend West, Wis.) dished out 40 assists, 17 digs, and added a block. Junior libero Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio) added a team-high 19 digs.
New Hampshire had three hitters post double-digit kills, led by senior Emmy Blouin's match-high 21 kills. As a team, the Wildcats hit .223 (71-29-188) in the match, but ultimately a total 18 service errors proved their undoing.
The Wildcats erased a 10-5 deficit with 13-3 run en route to a 30-22 game one win. BU hit .317 (19-6-41) to even things at one game apiece in the second frame. The Bearcats went on to win the third game with a score of 30-27, forcing the Wildcats to win the last two games in order to take the match. UNH would take game four, but couldn't close things out with a 13-12 lead in the deciding set as BU took the final three points with an attack error, a McDonough kill, and service ace to claim the victory.
"It was a nice win in our first conference match and against a tough opponent. It is always nice to play in front of the home crowd. I am sure they played a big part in us grabbing those last two points."
The Bearcats host Maine on Sunday at 10 a.m.
Game Notes: New Hampshire leads the all-time series 7-4
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