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For Immediate Release: August 18, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Volleyball team picked fifth in America East Conference preseason poll

America East Volleyball Release

VESTAL, N.Y.--The America East Conference has released its preseason volleyball poll and Binghamton has been picked to finish fifth out of eight teams. The voting was done by the eight conference head coaches.

A year ago, Binghamton went 16-15 overall and 5-9 in the America East Conference. It marked the team's first winning season since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 2001. The Bearcats, however, missed out on qualifying for the four-team America East Conference Tournament.

Binghamton returns three starters, including a pair of all-conference selections, to its squad this season. Senior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./ Freedom) has been named all-conference the past two seasons while sophomore setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky./ Fern Creek) was named to the all-rookie team in 2003. The other returning starter is senior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./ Ressurection).

New Hampshire, the two-time defending America East Conference champion, is the overwhelming favorite to retain its title. The Wildcats garnered 48 total points, including six of the eight first-place votes. The other two first-place votes went to second-place Northeastern (42) and third-place Albany (38).

Stony Brook finished ahead of Binghamton in fourth place with 29 points. The Bearcats had 21 points followed by Maine and UMBC (19 points each) and Hartford (eight points).

Binghamton begins its 2004 season at the Western New York Tournament Sept. 3-4.

PLEASE NOTE: The Bearcats have added a fourth match at the Western New York Tournament. They will travel to Niagara for a 1 p.m. match on Saturday, Sept. 4.

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