For Immediate Release: November 20, 2003
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Anne Crocus and Ashley Meffert named America East All-Stars

America East Release

Junior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.) and freshman setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) each garnered postseason recognition from the America East, the conference announced today. Crocus was named to the all-conference squad while Meffert earned a spot on the all-rookie team.

Crocus ranked second on the team with 3.26 kills per game this season and set a school record with her .360 attack percentage. She now is the school's all-time leader with a .306 attack percentage and ranks seventh with 812 career kills. Crocus also ranked among the nation's top blockers for the second straight year, as her 1.50 blocks per game ranked 15th in the country through matches of November 16. She led the conference in blocks for the second straight season and also ranked second in attack percentage and seventh in kills per game.

Meffert became the first freshman at Binghamton since 1992 to hold down full-time duties as the team's setter. She responded by setting a school record with 11.25 assists per game, a figure that ranked third in the conference. Meffert dished out a total of 1316 assists, second-most in a season in school history. She totaled a season-best 69 assists against Northeastern on November 1 and tallied eight double-doubles (assists-digs). In addition to her strong passing, Meffert proved to be a strong all-around player, ranking fourth on the team in blocks (0.51/gm.) and digs (2.10/gm.) as well as third in service aces (0.34/gm.).

Binghamton showed a two-game improvement from its first America East campaign in 2002 and finished in fifth place with a 5-9 record in conference play. Overall, the squad went 16-15 and wound up its first winning season since 2000.

Top honors in the conference were handed out to Alyson Coler of New Hampshire (Player of the Year), Sasha Scott of New Hampshire (Defensive Specialist), Kristin Ursillo of Northeastern (Setter of the Year), Ashley DeNeal of Albany (Rookie of the Year) and Jill Hirschinger of New Hampshire (Coach of the Year).

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