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For Immediate Release: October 11, 2008
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton volleyball knocks off New Hampshire 3-1
Bearcats remain perfect in AE play; move record to 4-0

Box Score

VESTAL N.Y. - Sophomore hitter Anna Lejina posted 13 kills to lead Binghamton (9-11, 4-0) over New Hampshire (3-16, 0-3) 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22) in an America East volleyball match from the West Gym on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats have now won five straight matches.

"It was a hard fought match and New Hampshire came and played with a lot of emotion, especially to start with," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "I thought we fought well, especially in the second and third games and pulled away at the end there. We executed when we needed to and had some timely digs and some good passes at the end of each of the games to give us an opportunity to win."

Binghamton came out slow; dropping the first set while hitting at a .000 percentage but rebounded to take the next three sets and the victory.

In the third set with the match knotted at 1-1, Binghamton was trailing 19-17 but ripped off an 8-3 run to take the set.

The Bearcats led the Wildcats 19-12 late in fourth set, but the visitors proved that they were not out of the game by going on a 8-1 run to tie the game at 20-20. An attack error by New Hampshire put the serve back in Binghamton's court and the Bearcats were able to rattle off four straight points to take a commanded 24-20 lead and eventually were able to win both the set and the match.

Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough was right behind Lejina in kills, putting up 12 while also having nine digs.

Sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller tallied 40 assists and eight digs and senior libero Jaclyn Strader collected a match-high 16 digs.

Sophomore blocker Mercedes Montford led Binghamton in blocks with four, while also putting away three service aces.

New Hampshire had three players register double-digit kills and Kate Uitti put up a match-high 46 assists.

Binghamton will hit the road this upcoming weekend to take on Albany at 7 p.m. on Friday followed by an away match at UMBC on Sunday.

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