Immediate Release: September 26, 2009
"We couldn't execute down the stretch and close out games against Central Connecticut," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said.
Binghamton held in advantages over CCSU in kills (74 to 57) and hitting percentage (.205 to .192), but committed 34 attack errors, which proved costly.
The Bearcats also had a 1-0 set lead and were knotted at 24-24 in the second set before dropping the final two points. BU also led 24-22 in the third set before squandering the lead and allowing CCSU to close on a 4-0 run.
Binghamton took the fourth set 25-22 to force a decisive fifth set, but CCSU jumped out to an 11-5 lead and the Bearcats could take control of the set.
Emily Cochran paced CCSU with 17 kills and Sara Delacey had eight of the team's 14 blocks.
Junior Anna Lejina posted a season-high 23 kills and fellow junior Michelle McDonough added 22 kills of her own. Junior setter Lindsey Mueller dished out 66 assists and was later named to the all-tournament team with McDonough.
Binghamton also received solid contributions from senior Dawn Lammert and freshman Alex Roland. Lammert had 12 kills and six blocks and Roland tallied eight kills and six blocks. Senior Brianna Strong continued to anchor the back line with 27 digs.
Binghamton set season highs against CCSU in kills (74), aces (10), and assists (70).
Binghamton also lost the second match of the day to defending Ivy League Champions Yale.
The Bulldogs were led by 13 kills from Alexis Crusey and 12 kills from Cat Dailey. Kelly Ozurovich also scooped 22 digs in just three sets.
Yale held Binghamton to just a .009 hitting percentage.
McDonough paced Binghamton with nine kills, while Lejina added seven. Mueller had 17 assists and 13 digs in the finale against Yale.
The Bearcats will play a non-conference match tomorrow at Quinnpiac.
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