Bearcats fall to Canisius for second time this season

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BUFFALO, N.Y.--Visiting Binghamton (7-6) made a late charge but the host Golden Griffins (9-9) held on for the victory, defeating the Bearcats 3-1 on Friday night in the first match for each team at the Canisius Tournament. Binghamton was defeated by scores of 23-30, 27-30, 30-21, 30-32.

"It was a close match," BU head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We fought well in the third game and then came back from a big deficit to actually take the lead in the fourth game before Canisius won the final three points."

Junior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) notched her 20th career double-double with 18 kills and 15 digs. She moved into a tie for seventh place in school history with 778 career kills, tying Michell Whang (1996-97). Heck needs just six kills to pass Christine Van Schaick (1998-00) and move into sixth place.

Freshman middle hitter Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) recorded her strongest performance of the season, tallying 11 kills, 16 digs, four service aces and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) also pounded 11 kills and had four blocks, while freshman setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek) passed off 48 assists.

"It was a tight match but we could have played better," Kiriyama said. "We made too many errors and gave up too many points. We will try to correct that in our pair of matches tomorrow."

The Bearcats conclude play at the tournament on Saturday with matches against St. Francis (PA) at 1 p.m. and Niagara at 7 p.m. The match with Niagara will be played on campus at Niagara University.

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