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Volleyball team beats Colgate in season finale

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) posted a match-high 14 kills and hit .419 (14-1-35), leading Binghamton (10-20) to a three-game sweep over Colgate (4-25) in its final volleyball match of the season. The game scores were 30-24, 30-23, 30-23. With the win, the Bearcats close out the 2002 season having won two of their final three matches.

“Today was a good team effort,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We were able to utilize everyone and they all came through. We are happy to end the season this way.”

Smith, who posted a career-high 30 kills on Friday against Hartford, also had a match-high four service aces and a team-high eight digs against Colgate.

“Jen ended up playing really strong this season,” Kiriyama said. “She became our go-to person with our attacks.”

Also posting in double figures in kills was junior Allison Beard (Elkland, Pa.), who had 12. Senior setter Amanda Breitfeld (Allentown, Pa./ Central Catholic), playing in her final collegiate match, posted a team-high 23 assists. Sophomore setter Glorimar Ortega (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) added 22 assists.

Colgate was led by Melissa Rawson and Claire Putzeys, each of whom had 10 kills. Rawson also had a match-high 11 digs.

Sophomore middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom), who leads the America East Conference in blocking, had four block assists for Binghamton.

“This was a tough season but overall, we improved as the year went on,” Kiriyama said. “Hopefully we’ll keep improving during the offseason and into next year.”

NOTES: Sunday’s match against Colgate was also the final match for senior Jennifer Liao (Flushing, N.Y./ Smithtown)

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