BEARCAT VOLLEYBALL WEEKLY
*Advanced to 2007 America East Championship
+Includes all matches through November 15, 2007
America East Championship Schedule
Number one seeded Stony Brook will square-off against the four seed Binghamton at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, and second-seeded New Hampshire faces third-seeded Albany at 3:30 p.m. The winners of the two semifinals will meet for an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, November 18 at 1 p.m. Albany defeated UMBC, 3-2, in last years thrilling, five-game final.
Semifinal #1: #4 Binghamton at #1 Stony Brook - 1 p.m.
Semifinal #2 : #2 New Hampshire vs. #3 Albany - 3:30 p.m.
Final - Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2 - 1 p.m.
BEARCAT VOLLEYBALL D-I POSTSEASON HISTORY
BU owns a 2-2 record all-time in America East postseason play.
Semifinal: No.3 UMBC 3, No. 2 Binghamton 1
Semifinal: No. 2 Binghamton 3, No.3 Maine 1
Final: No. 2 Binghamton 3, Stony Brook 1
-Bearcats capture first-ever America East Championship and advance to NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship
Semifinal: No. 1 Albany 3, No. 4 Binghamton 0
SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES
Stony Brook holds a 22-15 advantage in the all-time series, including a sweep of this year's regular season series...Stony Brook won 11 straight conference matches after dropping the opener to Albany to secure its first ever America East regular season title.... .Morgan Sweany had a match-high 26 kills and Jacki Ahlers added 21 of her own as Stony Brook posted a 3-1 victory (30-21, 30-18, 22-30, 30-26) over Binghamton on October 7 in Long Island...On November 8 in Vestal, Ahlers had a match-best 30 kills to lead the Seawolves to a 3-1 win (30-26, 31-29, 28-30, 30-28). Morgan Sweany added 20 kills and America East Setter of the Week Kaityln Deutsch had a match-high 64 assists in the winning effort. Sweany finished the season with a team-high 18 double-doubles for the Seawolves.
Binghamton 2007 Statistics versus Stony Brook
Player to Watch: Jacki Ahlers
The senior played in every game of every match for the Seawolves this season, dominating opponents. Ahlers finished first in the conference with 5.04 kills per game and 5.58 points per game, and ended the regular season with the conferences second-best hitting percentage of .339. The transfer from St. Johns also registered 23 service aces and 71 blocks in 2007, leading Stony Brook to this years number one seed in the conference championship.
SENIOR MIDDLE LEADS BEARCATS INTO AE CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) has enjoyed perhaps the finest season of her four-year career in 2007. Kane led the America East in total blocks per game (1.57) for the third straight season.
The 6-foot-2 middle led BU with 182 blocks setting a new single-season school record, surpassing the previous total of 174 set by former Bearcat Anne Crocus during the 2002 season. Her performance at the net this season has put her in second place on the BU all-time list with 607 career blocks, just six away from the school record heading into this weekend's championship.
Kane currently ranks sixth on BU's all-time kill list with 1,034 for career. She is just the eighth player in school history to reach the 1,000 career-kill plateau.
Kane owns a team-high tying .264 hitting percentage and is fourth on the team in kills per game (2.36). In conference play, she is third in hitting with a .333 clip and is averaging a league-best 1.93 blocks per game. She also earned America East Conference Volleyball Player of the Week honors on September 30.
FRESHMAN MUELLER SETS THE PACE FOR BU ATTACK
First-year setter Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis.) came into the fall with big shoes to fill following the graduation of BU's all-time career assist leader Ashley Meffert '07. With the 5-10 setter quarterbacking the BU offense, the Bearcats haven't missed a beat. Mueller has enjoyed a stellar first season compiling 10.14 assists per games and 24 double-doubles (assist-dig) on the year.
She is second on the team averaging 3.44 digs per game and is fourth with 81 total blocks. Earlier this year she earned both America East Rookie (Sept. 10) and Setter of the Week (Oct. 22) nods, as well as All-Golden Flash Invitational honors, as BU swept three matches in the tournament.
BEARCAT NOTES, NUMBERS, AND STREAKS
Junior libero Jaclyn Strader ranks second in the America East with 4.53 digs per game. She has recorded double-digit digs in all but three matches this season.
Binghamton leads all America
East teams with 3.04 blocks per game. Kane and sophomore middle
Dawn Lammert rank 1-2 in blocks in
the conference with 1.57 and 1.28 blocks per game, respectively.
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