For Immediate Release: October 29, 2004
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Volleyball beats Hartford in four games

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.- -Senior right side hitter Jen Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) had match-highs of 16 kills and 14 digs to lead Binghamton (15-13, 5-4 AE) to at 3-1 win over Hartford (5-22, 0-9 AE) in an America East Conference volleyball match on Friday night at West Gym. The game scores were 30-16, 30-16, 26-30, 30-19.

With the Bearcats down 9-11 in the first game, freshaman defensive specialist Megan Phillips (Windsor, N.Y.) led the Bearcats serving 11 strait times to put the team on top of the visting Hawks. This rally turned the first game around for Binghamton, which went on to win the first two. In the third game, with Hartford up 28-21 the Bearcats made a last attempt to catch the Hawks who were trying to force a fourth game. Binghamton could only manage five points, which was not enough to stop the Hawks. The Bearcats came back to dominate the forth game to win the match.

"I thought Jen Smith and Michele Heck had a good night hitting for the outside, they came through when we needed them," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "Their serving was effective, it kept the Hawks off balance. Overall I thought we started out sluggish, but towards the end of the three we picked it up. We had key contributions from the others out there, it was good to see everyone contribute."

Phillips had a career-high six aces in the four games. Sophomore setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) had 38 assists and 11 digs, senior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chiago, Ill.) recorded 13 kills and 12 digs.

Binghamton hosts Northeastern for an America East conference match at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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