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Bearcats drop two matches at Central Connecticut tourney

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Binghamton volleyball (4-5) dropped a pair of matches Saturday at the Central Connecticut State Invitational, falling to Iona, 3-0, before losing to the host Blue Devils, 3-2.

"We are getting used to a different lineup," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We put up a good effort and showed a lot of heart. Against Central, we came back strong and had a lead in the fifth game but couldn't hang on. It was a good comeback for our kids. I told them to hold their heads up because they did a good job."

In the Iona match, junior Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.) collected 13 kills with only two errors (.379), and freshman setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) handed out 31 assists. But the Bearcats commited 26 attack errors, and the Gaels won the match, 30-24, 30-21, 30-28.

Against Central Connecticut State, junior Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill.) had a team-high 22 kills with 15 digs, and Crocus collected 18 kills and five aces. Meffert totalled 57 assists, but BU's offense hit just .088 for the match. After dropping the first two games, BU rallied and built a 12-5 lead in the final game before the Blue Devils stormed back to win, 30-25, 30-27, 26-30, 25-30, 16-14.

Binghamton was playing without its leading hitter, junior Jennifer Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.), who is injured.

Next weekend, BU heads to the Columbia Invitational.

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