Volleyball team splits weekend matches with AlbanyTweet
The Binghamton volleyball team (10-12, 5-2 AE) lost a highly competitive match, 3-2, to the University at Albany (15-7, 5-2 AE) on Oct. 24.
Binghamton won the first set of the match, 25-22, thanks to three late kills by senior captain Michelle McDonough. Albany bounced back, taking the second set, 25-20. The Great Danes jumped out to 5-1 lead and never looked back as Binghamton could not find its rhythm.
Sets three and four mirrored the first two sets. Binghamton won the third, 26-24, while Albany pushed the match to a fifth set with a 25-22 victory in the fourth. The third set saw 14 ties before a late 3-0 run by the Bearcats put some distance between them and Albany.
In the final set, the two teams battled as Albany held an 8-6 lead at the switch. Back to back kills by McDonough made the score 10-9. Albany extended its advantage to 12-9 before sophomore Alex Roland put down two terminations, cutting the deficit to one. That would be as close as Binghamton would get as Albany used a .320 hitting percentage to win the set, 15-11.
McDonough led the Bearcats with a career-high 23 kills and 10 digs. Senior Anna Lejina recorded 22 kills and eight digs.
On Oct. 22, the Bearcats ended their eight-game regular season losing streak to Albany, sweeping the Great Danes in an impressive offensive showing. Binghamton won 25-21, 28-26 and 25-23 on the strength of 51 kills.
“It was a good win against a quality team like Albany, especially at their place,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We had some timely hits in a very close match, but our girls came through at some clutch moments.”
Freshman Xiomara Ortiz had a career-high 27 digs from the backline to anchor the Binghamton defense. Junior setter Julie Chambers had 43 assists and 10 digs.