Immediate Release: August 26, 2006
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BU captures first win of '06, defeats Wright State in five-game set
Bearcats rally to capture tournament finale in dramatic fashion
Tournament Results: [Toledo Story] [Michigan Story] [Western Kentucky]
TOLEDO, OH - Senior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) led five BU players to hit in double figures collecting a team-high 16 kills along with a match-high six service aces and 14 digs to lead Binghamton women's volleyball team to a dramatic 24-30, 30-28, 21-30, 30-21, 15-12 victory over Wright State Saturday evening in the finale for both teams at Toledo's Rocket Classic at John F. Savage Hall.
The Bearcats' triumph, their first of 2006, improves their record to 1-3, a mark shared by the Raiders with the weekend's tournament action now complete for both squads.
"If there was one star for us this weekend, it would have to be Megan," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "She was terrific today in both matches. Her aces were a huge factor in our success over the final two games."
Hoag was not the only BU hero. There were plenty of others who deserved the accolade as well, notably the defensive duo of junior Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) and sophomore Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash.). Kane collected 15 kills and had match-high eight blocks while Allen shattered previous career-highs in kills (2), digs (4) and service aces (1) with ten, eight and three, respectively. The second-year player also equaled her best-ever block total with five.
The two teams split the first two games, with Wright State taking the opener 30-24 and Binghamton squaring things up with a narrow 30-28 victory in game two after leading from wire to wire. The trend would reverse in the contest's third frame as the Raiders led from the onset thanks to an impressive .387 hitting percentage.
Trailing two games to one, BU looked to be in for a battle after a comfortable lead dissipated into a 23-21 advantage, but the dynamic duo of Allen and Kane stepped up registering four kills and combining for a pivotal block to help the Bearcats capture the game's final seven points and force a fifth and final game.
In what was a back and forth match throughout, it was only fitting that the deciding game would feature its share of drama as well. After witnessing five lead changes, the two teams found themselves deadlocked at 12-12. With the Bearcats at risk of dropping their fourth straight decision and a disheartening six-hour bus ride looming, the squad turned to its upperclassmen.
Hoag, in her second campaign as team captain, responded with her team-high 16th kill, followed up by yet another momentous joint block by the Allen and Kane twosome. With the match's momentum in hand and the squad's first victory just one point away, Kane again delivered, producing the winning kill to give Binghamton the 15-12 game-five decision.
"I thought we looked better today in both of our matches," said Kiriyama. "Teamwise, our passing improved in each game throughout the weekend and defensively we were especially strong in those last two games. The girls did a great job battling back and I am very happy that we could finish on such a strong note."
For Wright State, senior outside hitter Sarah Polig finished with match-highs in both kills and digs with 25 while junior setter Lindsey Frank added 65 assists and 16 digs.
Binghamton is back in action next weekend as the Bearcat women make their first-ever trip to the Golden State to take on host Cal State Fullerton, Weber State and the College of Charleston at the Four Points Titan Classic in Fullerton, California.
Notes: Outside hitters Katie Robertson (Ancaster, Ontario) and junior Kathleen Schauer both also hit in double figures for Binghamton. Robertson had ten kills to go along with 15 digs while Schauer had a .243 hitting percentage with 14 kills and seven digs to her credit...Senior setter Ashley Meffert finished with 54 assists, a team-high 20 digs and three blocks...Binghamton's game-four victory was aided by a season-best .444 hitting percentage. The Bearcats delivered 18 kills in the contest while committing just two errors on 36 total attacking attempts...Binghamton also had a season-best 11 service aces in the finale, compared to the nine collected in its first three games.
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