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For Immediate Release: September 1, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

BU volleyball rolls over St. Francis (N.Y.) in three-game sweep
Bearcats set school record for fewest points allowed in a match

Box Score

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Binghamton University volleyball came back strong in its final match of the Western New York Invitational as the Bearcat squad collected their third victory of the season with a dominating sweep of NEC-opponent St. Francis College (NY) on Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats scored a 30-13, 30-12, 30-15 victory to conclude the weekend's tournament with an even 2-2 record.

The 40 total points marked a new school record for fewest points allowed in a match since the NCAA moved to the rally scoring era in 2001. The previous record was 49, set in a 3-0 victory (30-14, 30-23, 30-12) over VCU on September 11, 2004.

Binghamton used a balanced offensive attack against the Terriers to dominate the match as four hitters collected at least six kills in the contest with junior
Brianna Strong (Elkhart, Ind.) leading the way with a match-high nine kills without an error in 11 attempts. On the afternoon, Strong hit at a school-record .818 clip (9-0-11), topping the previous mark of .750 (14-2-16) set by Michele Heck against Lafayette on September 24, 2002.

Fellow junior
Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.) contributed with an eight-kill performance to go along with four blocks and senior Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) added seven kills and a match-high five blocks. Allen amassed 38 kills and 16 blocks in four matches earning all-tournament honors.

Freshmen
Sandra DeVito (Manlius, N.Y.) and Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis.) each delivered strong performances to aid the Bearcats' offense. DeVito collected six kills while Mueller, BU's setter, dished out a match-high 35 assists and recorded eight digs.

The Bearcats made a strong statement in the opening game jumping out to a 10-2 lead and cruising to a 30-13 victory, while outhitting the Terriers .353 to -.067.

The hitting display continued in BU's 30-12 game two win, collecting a season-high .448 hitting percentage with 16 kills, while committing only three hitting errors in the process. In the third and final game of the afternoon, the Bearcats secured the decision with a 24-10 game-ending run.

Binghamton led from wire-to-wire on the afternoon and held St. Francis College (N.Y.) to a negative hitting percentage in two of the three games.

The Bearcats will next compete in the Kent State Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Ohio.

Game Notes: This marks the first time a Binghamton opponent has failed to record at least 20 points in a game...Binghamton now leads the all-time series 2-0. The Bearcats won the only previous meeting with a 3-1 decision on October 2, 2004.

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