Albany and Binghamton to Meet in Volleyball Final Saturday
ALBANY, N.Y. - The No. 1 seed University at Albany Great Danes will host the No. 2 seed Binghamton Bearcats in the 2012 America East Volleyball Championship title game on Saturday at 7 p.m. at University Gym. It is the third time the two teams will square off with the America East title on the line.
The match will be streamed live for free in HD on AmericaEast.com beginning at 6:55 p.m.
Albany is making its seventh-straight trip to the America East title game. The Great Danes have won the America East in back-to-back years and have claimed six of the last eight crowns. Albany defeated New Hampshire in straight-sets, led by a double-double from Dunja Prgomet who had 16 kills and 11 digs.
Albany defeated Binghamton in 2008 in straight sets, the first of two-straight appearances in the title game for Binghamton.
The Great Danes are making their seventh-straight trip to the America East Championship game.
Binghamton has claimed two America East titles, the latest coming in 2009 when the Bearcats beat Albany in four sets at University Gym. The Bearcats also won in 2005 in a tournament that also was held in Albany, beating Stony Brook in four sets. Binghamton is making its fourth trip to the America East title game (2005, '08 and '09).
Binghamton won a hard-fought five-set contest over UMBC in the semifinals on Friday, coming back from a 2-games-to-1 deficit. The Bearcats also trailed 9-6 in the fifth set before scoring the final nine points to win the match. Iva Partaleva led the Bearcats with 21 kills, while Grace Vickers added 17 kills and a .389 hitting percentage. Xiomara Ortiz had a match-high 24 digs.