For Immediate Release: November 15, 2008
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BU volleyball wraps up regular season with win over UNH

McDonough accumulates her first ever triple-double

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DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore hitter Michelle McDonough tallied her first career triple-double in leading Binghamton (15-14, 9-3) over New Hampshire (7-21, 4-8) 3-1 (25-12, 21-25, 25-15, 25-22) in an America East volleyball match on Saturday evening. The Bearcats have concluded their regular season slate and advance to the America East semifinals on Friday in Albany.

"It was a hard fought match," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "But it was a good all-around effort for us and Anna was especially intimidating on the outside."

Sophomore hitter Anna Lejina tallied a match-high 18 digs in the winning effort.

Kiriyama shook up the lineup for tonight's match, moving McDonough from the outside to the middle for a change.

"We wanted to shake up our lineup and see what happened and it worked out well for us."

The move worked out extremely well individually for McDonough, who recorded a triple double of 12 kills, 11 digs and a new career-high of 10 blocks as a middle.

The Bearcats totaled 18 blocks in the match and aiding McDonough in that category was sophomore setter Lindsey Mueller who had six blocks to go along with a match-high of 39 assists.

Sophomore hitter Sandra DeVito was called upon by Kiriyama and responded well with seven kills off the bench.

The Bearcats trailed 7-5 in the first set but then went on a blistering 18-5 run to win the set. The Bearcats had seven blocks in the frame to jump to the early 1-0 lead.

New Hampshire took the second set 25-21 but Binghamton grabbed the third and fourth sets to secure the victory.

Binghamton will play in the first semifinal at Albany on Friday at 4 p.m. against either Maine or UMBC.

Notes: The Bearcats finish the regular season in second place for the third time in the last four years.

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