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Bearcats drop a 3-1 decision to Canisius
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Binghamton Bearcats (4-11) received noteworthy individual performances from several players on Saturday evening, but dropped a narrow match to the Canisius Golden Griffins (3-12) in a non-conference match at Canisius. The Golden Griffins won the match 30-28, 30-26, 27-30, 30-27.

Sophomore setter Glorimar Ortega (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) had a career-high 31 assists and the Bearcats outhit Canisius over the four games. Sophomores Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill.) and Jennifer Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) had 18 kills apiece for Binghamton. Smith also led the team with 18 digs, while Heck had 16.

A season-high five different players recorded at least 10 digs for the Bearcats. In addition to Smith and Heck, junior defensive specialist Shannon Kelly (Ridge, N.Y.) had 17 digs, while Amanda Breitfeld (Allentown, Pa.) had 11 digs and Ortega recorded 10. It was the first time as many as five players tallied double-digit digs since a five-game win over Dartmouth on September 29, 2001. The team’s 86 digs were the second-most this season, nearly besting the 92 digs the team had in a five-game match against George Washington on August 31.

Sophomore middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.) had 12 kills and added to her America East-leading block total with six blocks. Crocus, who also leads the team in attack percentage, hit at a .304 clip (12-5-23) for the match.

Christina Wildes (Long Beach, N.Y.) had 19 kills and 16 digs to lead the Golden Griffins offensively, and Jackie Reed (East Quague, N.Y.) dished out 45 assists as Canisius avenged a pair of losses to Binghamton last season. The Bearcats took a five-game match in Buffalo last September and swept Canisius at home later in the season.

Binghamton will return home on Sunday to conclude a busy week with a 2 p.m. match against Marist. BU won a pair of matches against the Red Foxes last season. This match will be the Bearcats’ final tuneup before starting conference play when the team hosts Albany on Tuesday, October 8 in a 7 p.m. match at East Gym. The match will mark Binghamton’s America East Conference debut.

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