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Bearcats beat Hartford 3-1
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WEST HARTFORD, CONN. -- Sophomore middle hitter Jennifer Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) had a career-high 30 kills and classmate Glorimar Ortega (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) handed out a career-high 51 assists as the Binghamton University Bearcats (9-19, 3-8 AE) defeated the host Hartford Hawks (14-15, 3-8 AE) in an America East Conference match. Binghamton won 30-23, 30-24, 22-30, 34-32 to snap an eight-match conference losing streak.

In their second-to-last conference match, the Bearcats got off to a fast start, winning the first two games against a Hawks team that had defeated BU 3-1 at East Gym on October 19. Binghamton, which hit .340 for the match, attacked at a torrid .469 clip in the first game. Smith wound up with a .542 hitting percentage for the match (30-4-48), the fourth-highest match percentage this season. Smith also had 14 digs.

Ortega's 51 assists were the most by a Bearcat since Sara DeClemente tallied 55 last November 9 in a 3-2 win over Dartmouth. She also had five blocks in the match. Sophomore outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) had a "double-double" with 15 kills and 12 digs, while classmate Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) added 11 kills (.455 attack percentage) and five blocks.

Hartford was led by sophomore standout Stephanie Volckers, who had 24 kills and 16 digs. Volckers ranks among the national leaders in kills per game. Kelly McEathron added 16 kills for the Hawks and Kristi Motil contributed 13. Setter Danielle Scoggin dished out 51 assists.

Binghamton will conclude its conference season on Saturday with a 5 p.m. road match against Stony Brook. In a hard-fought, evenly-played match, the Seawolves triumped over the Bearcats 3-2 at East Gym earlier this season. Binghamton will then return home on Sunday to conclude the 2002 campaign with a 3 p.m. match against Colgate.

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