Immediate Release: October 8, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior hitters Michelle McDonough and Anna Lejina led Binghamton University to a four set victory over New Hampshire Friday night at West Gym. BU defeated the Wildcats 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 26-24).
"It was a really nice crowd tonight and it's always good to be home," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We were really looking forward to this match after a tough loss to UMBC last weekend. Julie (Chambers) really set the tone for us tonight...she allowed our hitters to do what they do best."
Binghamton jumped out to a fast start with a first set victory over New Hampshire, 25-15, thanks to a .667 hitting percentage. BU was unable to take a two sets to none advantage, though they held several leads in the second set. New Hampshire used a stifling defense to halt the Bearcat attack.
In the next two sets Binghamton regained their focus and got back on track securing the home opening victory. New Hampshire did make it interesting down the stretch, coming back from a six point deficit to tie the fourth set at 24. However, BU went on to score the next two points and give the fans and themselves a much needed victory.
BU out hit the Wildcats .248 to .174 and had double-digit kills in each set.
McDonough registered 14 kills and eight digs for the Bearcats while fellow classmate Lejina put down 14 terminations, four service aces and picked up six digs.
Junior setter Julie Chambers handed out 32 assists while playing steady defense with 10 digs. Freshman Xiomara Ortiz had a solid game defensively from the back line chipping in 14 digs for the Bearcats.
Up next for the Binghamton is a match Sunday against conference newcomer Providence at 2 p.m. at West Gym.
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