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Bearcats sweep Lafayette 3-0

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EASTON, Pa. -- The Binghamton University Bearcats (4-9) cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Lafayette Leopards (1-11) in a non-conference match Tuesday night. The Bearcats won by scores of 30-13, 30-21, 30-22.

“We served very well tonight, especially in the first game” said BU head coach Glenn Kiriyama. “We also displayed much better passing than we have of late.”

Sophomore setter Glorimar Ortega (Naranjito, Puerto Rico) led the Bearcats offensively. Ortega racked up 25 assists to go along with 11 kills, five digs and two service aces. Classmate Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) had a team-high 14 kills and three service aces. She also set a new team record with a stellar attack percentage of .750 (14-2-16) (minimum 12 kills). Sophomore middle hitter Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) had 10 kills and added to her America East-leading block total with four total blocks. Crocus is now averaging 1.55 blocks per game and leads the team with a .360 attack percentage on the season. Senior setter Amanda Breitfeld (Allentown, Pa./Central Catholic) also had 18 assists for the Bearcats.

As a team, Binghamton set a new program record with an attack percentage of .672 (51-10-61). It was the first time the team has posted a percentage above .500 since October 27, 2000, when BU hit .576 in a match against Franklin Pierce.

Junior outside hitter Maria Kinzel (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) led the Leopards with nine kills and Heidi Olichwier (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) had 17 assists.

The match was the first of a stretch of four matches in six days for the Bearcats, who will take on Tulsa in East Gym on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Coming up this weekend, Binghamton will travel to Canisius at 5 p.m. Saturday and host Marist at 2 p.m. Sunday.

“We did some good things tonight and we are happy to come away with a win,” said Kiriyama.

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