Stony Brook, N.Y. - Behind a season-high .371 team hitting percentage, Stony Brook University's volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-13) sweep of Binghamton on Friday night in Pritchard Gymnasium. In the team's lone Friday night home match of the season, seniors Harmonie Calinda (Huntington, N.Y.), Lisa Doremus (Glendale, Ariz.) and Lindsey Gordon (N. Patchogue, N.Y.) all recorded double-digit kills. Gordon was errorless in her 14 attacks for a match-high .714 attack percentage. With the win, Stony Brook moves to 13-11 (5-3 America East) and into a tie for second place with UMBC, while Binghamton drops to 11-14 (3-5).
Stony Brook came out aggressive in the first set, jumping in front 5-1 behind two kills from Calinda and an ace by junior Jeanette Gibbs (Port Jefferson, N.Y.). The Bearcats crawled their way back into it, however, eventually using a 4-0 run to move in front by two at 10-8. A kill by Anna Lejina, her fourth of the set, put Binghamton up 13-9 before the Seawolves bounced back, scoring nine of the next 11 points to regain the lead at 18-15. Junior Ashley Headen (Alexandria, Va.) notched three kills during SBU's run. A Binghamton timeout could not slow the Seawolves as they went on to take the first set 25-17, allowing the Bearcats to record just one kill the rest of the way.
While Stony Brook's offense did record a .390 hitting percentage in the second set, it was the defense that led the way to its second set win. SBU recorded 19 digs in the frame, including four each from Gibbs and sophomore Bianca Hernandez (East Moriches, N.Y.). Despite not recording a block, Stony Brook's frontline continuously denied Binghamton's attack. Leading 7-4, Headen and freshman Sally Downs (Coppell, Texas) returned three-consecutive attacks by the Bearcats, with Downs eventually recording an unassisted kill. The Seawolves would record six unassisted kills in the set as Binghamton struggled handling serves.
Despite a back-and-forth start to the third set, Stony Brook saved its best for last, committing just one error while racking up five blocks and holding the Bearcats to a .094 attack percentage. Ahead by just two at 10-8, back-to-back aces by Doremus kicked off a 10-4 run by the Seawolves which helped secure the win.
Stony Brook wraps up its 2009 home schedule with a match against Albany on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the start, Stony Brook's Department of Athletics and the Seawolves volleyball team will honor this year's senior class of Michelle Burrola (Glendale, Ariz.) Harmonie Calinda, Lisa Doremus, Lindsey Gordon, Justine Hoffmann (Wading River, N.Y.) and Jamie Watson (New City, N.Y.).