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Michelle McDonough, Anna Leijna and four other seniors played their final match Nov. 19 in a disappointing loss in the America East semifinal. The second-seeded Bearcats fell to the three seed, UMBC Retrievers, 15-25, 21-25 and 15-25.
Binghamton quickly fell behind the Retrievers, dropping the first two sets. The Bearcats started out fast taking a 6-3 early lead, but a 4-0 by UMBC gave the Retrievers the 7-6 advantage. Binghamton kept the score close at 11-10, but UMBC rattled off the next seven points. Binghamton, behind 18-10, couldn’t recover eventually dropping the set, 25-15.
The second set was much more competitive, but the result was the same. The two teams battled back and forth as the Bearcats built a 10-7 lead. Another Retriever run would flip the tables and give UMBC the 12-10 upper hand. The set would continue to be evenly played as a kill by sophomore Alex Roland coupled with an UMBC service error gave Binghamton a 21-20 lead. UMBC would take the next five points however, and the two-set-to-none lead going into the break.
In the third and final set, Binghamton could not find its rhythm as the offense sputtered. UMBC took a 11-4 lead and never looked back.
UMBC out hit the Bearcats, .324 to .135, stifling BU’s offense with 12 blocks.
Lejina and McDonough led the Bearcats with 10 and 9 kills, respectively. Junior setter Julie Chambers had 28 assists and 8 digs for Binghamton. Freshman Xiomara Ortiz picked up 15 digs for Binghamton.
McDonough finished her career as Binghamton’s all-time kills leader with 1,469 while Lejina finished third on the list with 1,162 kills.
Seniors Sandra DeVito, Mercedes Montford, Lindsey Mueller and Kseniia Sukach all played their final match for Binghamton.