Volleyball defeats Hartford in four sets on Senior DayTweet
In her last home match at Binghamton, Michelle McDonough broke Binghamton’s all-time kills record en route to a 3-1 (25-11, 25-17, 16-25, 25-22) victory over visiting Hartford on Nov. 14. The Bearcats improved their record to 14-13 overall and 9-3 in the conference. Binghamton will be the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s America East tournament and will play against UMBC on Friday, Nov. 19.
“The win today was very important because you always want to be playing well heading into the conference tournament,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Our seniors came up big for us today down the stretch with some key blocks. We have a seasoned team and should be well prepared for the tournament.”
Binghamton put together a dominant first set both offensively and defensively. The Bearcats held Hartford to a hitting percentage of .222 while hitting .333 themselves. McDonough put down four terminations in the set, giving her the all-time kills record. Binghamton registered six block assists in the frame, taking the one-set-to-none advantage.
In the second set the Bearcats continued to hit extremely well, firing off a .387 rate. Binghamton built an early eight-point lead, 14-6, and Hartford was never able to recover dropping the second set, 25-17.
Hartford took the third set, 25-16, holding Binghamton to a game-low .048 hitting percentage. The Bearcats would recover, however, and take the fourth and final set 25-22. McDonough would come up big once again closing out the match with a solo block.
McDonough finished the match with a game-high 17 kills while chipping in 8 digs. Senior Anna Lejina and sophomore Alex Roland both put down double-digit kills recording 16 and 10, respectively.
Junior setter Julie Chambers dished out 39 assists and picked up 8 digs. Freshman Xiomara Ortiz had a big game defensively, tallying a game-high 12 digs for the Bearcats.
Prior to the game, Binghamton University and the volleyball program honored its six seniors. Sandra DeVito, Mercedes Montford, Kseniia Sukach, Lindsey Mueller, McDonough and Lejina all played their final home match.