For Immediate Release: October 2, 2009
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Binghamton volleyball wins AE opener at New Hampshire 3-1

Box Score

Vestal, N.Y. - Junior hitter
Michelle McDonough posted 19 kills, 15 digs and three blocks to lead Binghamton (9-8, 1-0 AE) to a 3-1 (20-25, 25-10, 25-21, 25-22) win over New Hampshire (8-10, 0-1 AE) on Friday evening in Lundholm Gym. BU has now won three straight matches and five straight America East openers.

"I was glad to see us come around and take charge of the second game after we lost the first," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We made some key plays and played well at the end of the last couple games, especially game four. It was good to see us come through at the end."

After falling 25-20 in the first set, Binghamton jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second and then pushed the edge to 13-3 before eventually claiming the set 25-10. BU outhit UNH .333 to -.056 in the set.

BU got off to another hot start in the third set with a 9-2 run and did not look back, taking the set 25-21.

The fourth and final set was the most contested, as New Hampshire led Binghamton 18-16. BU then went on a 4-0 run to take the lead 20-18 before New Hampshire fought back to take a 21-20 lead. BU then closed out the match on a 5-1 run that was highlighted by McDonough's three kills and one block.

Junior Anna Lejina chipped in with 16 kills, 10 digs and three blocks for Binghamton. Junior setter Lindsey Mueller had 40 assists and 10 digs and freshman middle Alex Roland matched career-highs with eight kills and six blocks.

"Alex had a good match for us," Kiriyama said. "She had some key blocks and we were able to utilize her offense."

New Hampshire's Kirsten Bates had 14 kills and 19 digs and teammate Lindsay Fogarty also posted 14 kills.

Binghamton will be off until Sunday, October 11 when they play at Hartford.

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