falls in five games to Hartford
WEST HARTFORD, Conn.--The visiting Bearcats (16-14, 5-8 AE) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Friday evening against Hartford (9-20, 1-12 AE), but suffered a 3-2 setback as the Hawks rallied for a 25-30, 19-30, 30-24, 30-28, 15-9 victory at The Sports Center.
Binghamton made just seven attack errors while hitting at a .301 clip in the first two games, and seemingly had Hartford on the ropes. However, the Hawks battled back to tie the match at two games apiece and then caught fire in the decisive fifth game, hitting .412 and making just one attack error to end an 11-match losing streak and win their first America East match of the season.
Junior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill.) had match-highs of 22 kills and 17 digs to go along with four blocks and a .327 attack percentage. Heck surpassed 20 kills for the fifth time this season and third time in her last five matches. In doing so, she also moved into third place on the school's all-time list with 1,023 career kills. Junior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.) added 11 kills with just one error and produced eight blocks, while freshman setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) dished out 49 assists.
The Bearcats tallied a season-high 17.0 total blocks in the match, with Crocus leading five players that registered at least four blocks. Senior outside hitter Allison Beard (Elkland, Pa.) totaled six blocks, while Meffert had five and freshman middle hitter Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) added four.
Binghamton, which has already clinched a winning season and its highest win total since the 2000 campaign, concludes its season on Saturday afternoon with a 4 p.m. match against Stony Brook. Earlier this season, the Bearcats ended a 15-year hex by defeating the Seawolves in four games at East Gymnasium.
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