Immediate Release: November 7, 2010
DURHAM, N.H. -- The Binghamton volleyball program secured its second conference road win of the week with another solid offensive performance. Binghamton (11-13, 7-3 AE) won the match 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 27-25) over the University of New Hampshire (9-17, 4-7 AE). With the win, coupled with an UMBC loss earlier in the day, BU is now in sole possession of second place in the conference standings.
"It was a really close match and every game was a battle," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "The girls did a great job of hanging in there and prevailing in the end. Our blocking really picked up during the match and helped us get the win - Sandra (DeVito) did a nice job of keeping the ball on their side with her blocking. It was great to get out of there with the win."
BU took the early advantage winning the first set, 25-22. The Bearcats never trailed in the evenly-matched frame taking a 16-11 lead on a Mercedes Montford kill. UNH kept the set close, bringing the score within one several times but were unable to overtake BU. Multiple 3-0 runs and six kills by senior captain Michelle McDouough allowed Binghamton to take the one-set-to-none lead.
In the second set BU fell behind by four twice, but used a pair of 4-0 runs to even the set both times. The two teams went back and forth until the frame was tied at 24. UNH prevailed, 26-24, thanks to a couple of Binghamton mistakes down the stretch.
The third set saw Binghamton regain their focus as they knotted the frame at five after falling behind early. Three consecutive service aces by Sandra DeVito gave the Bearcats an 8-5 lead. Binghamton continued to battle with New Hampshire throughout the set but never relinquished their lead, winning the set 25-23.
Binghamton secured their seventh conference victory of the season in the fourth set, taking the frame 27-25. BU jumped out to a 11-7 lead, but a 6-0 run by New Hampshire gave the Wildcats the 13-11 advantage. The Bearcats regained the lead thanks to a pair of 3-0 runs making the score 19-16. New Hampshire made the game interesting late tying the score at 24 and 25, but Binghamton outlasted UNH taking the final two points and the victory.
Junior setter Julie Chambers led the Bearcats with an impressive performance both offensivley and defensively. Chambers dished out 35 assists while recording a season-high 19 digs.
The senior hitting duo of McDonough and Anna Lejina both registered double-digit kills for BU. McDonough put down 18 terminations while Lejina tallied 13. Team captain McDonough had a solid match defensively as well, chipping in nine digs and five block assists.
Binghamton had one of their best serving matches of the season, totaling a nine to five advantage over New Hampshire. BU's defense disrupted UNH with 12 blocks on the afternoon.
Binghamton returns to action next Friday, Nov. 12 when they host Stony Brook at West Gym. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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