For Immediate Release: September 24, 2004
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Cornell and Fairleigh Dickinson win first matches at Binghamton Invitational

Box Score: Fairleigh Dickinson-St. Francis

Box Score: Binghamton-Cornell

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.) tied for the match-high with 14 kills but Binghamton (5-8) fell to Cornell (4-3) 30-23, 30-25, 30-28 in its first game of the Binghamton Invitational on Friday night at West Gym. In the earlier match of the evening, Fairleigh Dickinson (4-7) swept St. Francis (N.Y.) (0-11) 30-15, 30-19, 30-22.

Crocus, who leads the America East Conference in kills per game, blocks per game and attack percentage, made just two errors in 29 attack attempts to hit a team-best .414 for the match. She also had two solo blocks. The Big Red, however, countered with Elizabeth Bishop, who also had 14 kills in addition to eight digs and a solo block.

Cornell broke open a 17-17 tie in the first game with a 9-3 run that gave it a 26-20 cushion that was never relinquished. In game two, it was more of the same as the Big Red broke open a 14-14 game with a 6-1 tear that gave them a 20-15 lead. The Bearcats fought back from a 25-21 deficit in the third game to tie the score at 27-27. Cornell, however, scored three of the last four points to lock up the sweep.

"I thought our team fought through the match," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "Cornell is good and gave us a challenge. I thought we could have passed the ball a little better."

Senior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill.) turned in a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Cornell got 11 kills from Katie Rademacher and 10 kills from Hayley Grieve.

Earlier in the evening, Fairleigh Dickinson was led by Elena Schmidt, who posted a match-high 15 kills and hit .370 (15-5-27). Heather Galaydick had 16 digs and Sharon Becker added 11 digs. Malgorzata Szyszka nailed a team-high eight kills for St. Francis.

The second and final day of the Binghamton Invitational will start on Saturday at 11 a.m.

NOTES: Crocus is now averaging 4.24 kills and 1.61 blocks per game. She is hitting .342 for the season.

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