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The Binghamton volleyball program secured its second conference road victory of the week with another solid offensive performance. Binghamton (11-13, 7-3 AE) won the match 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-23, 27-25) over the University of New Hampshire (9-17, 4-7 AE). With the win, coupled with an UMBC loss earlier in the day, the Bearcats are now in sole possession of second place in the conference standings.
“It was a really close match and every game was a battle,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “The girls did a great job of hanging in there and prevailing in the end. Our blocking really picked up during the match and helped us get the win – Sandra (DeVito) did a nice job of keeping the ball on their side with her blocking. It was great to get out of there with the win.”
BU took the early advantage winning the first set, 25-22. The Bearcats never trailed in the evenly matched frame taking a 16-11 lead on a Mercedes Montford kill. UNH kept the set close, bringing the score within one several times but was unable to overtake Binghamton. Multiple 3-0 runs and six kills by senior captain Michelle McDonough allowed Binghamton to take the one-set-to-none lead.
In the second set, the Bearcats fell behind by four twice, but used a pair of 4-0 runs to even the set both times. The two teams went back and forth until the frame was tied at 24. UNH prevailed, 26-24, thanks to a couple of Binghamton mistakes down the stretch.
The third set saw Binghamton regain their focus as they knotted the frame at five after falling behind early. Three consecutive service aces by DeVito gave the Bearcats an 8-5 lead. Binghamton continued to battle with New Hampshire throughout the set but never relinquished its lead, winning the set 25-23.
Binghamton secured its seventh conference victory of the season in the fourth set, taking the frame 27-25. BU jumped out to an 11-7 lead, but a 6-0 run by New Hampshire gave the Wildcats the 13-11 advantage. The Bearcats regained the lead thanks to a pair of 3-0 runs, making the score 19-16. New Hampshire made the game interesting late, tying the score at 24 and 25, but Binghamton outlasted UNH taking the final two points and the victory.
Junior setter Julie Chambers led the Bearcats with an impressive performance both offensively and defensively. Chambers dished out 35 assists while recording a season-high 19 digs.