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Binghamton defeats Maine 3-1

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Orono, Maine--Sophomore middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./ Freedom) nailed 13 kills, had an attack percentage of .565 and had a match-high eight totals blocks, leading Binghamton (7-11, 2-0 AE) to a four-game win over Maine (6-14, 0-2 AE) in volleyball action on Sunday. The visiting Bearcats, who won by scores of 27-30, 30-16, 30-25, 30-27, have now won three straight matches.

Also coming through for Binghamton was sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.), who had a team-high 15 kills and a match-high 20 digs, and sophomore Michele Smith (Chicago, Ill./ Resurrection), who added 12 kills and 11 digs.

In addition, sophomore setter Glorimar Ortega (Naranjito, Puerto Rico/ Bayamon Academy) tallied 30 assists, senior Amanda Breitfeld (Allentown, Pa./ Central Catholic) tied a career-high with 14 digs and junior Nicole Savin (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./ Comsewogue) added 17 digs.

Maine jumped to a 13-8 lead in the first game when the Bearcats came back to tie at 14-14. The Black Bears took the lead again to 25-21 when the Bearcats came back to tie 25-25. The game was even until 27-27 when UMaine scored three straight points off kills.

Binghamton dominated game two, jumping out to a 6-1 lead. The Black Bears would come as close as 14-12, but Binghamton outscored UMaine 16-4 to finish the game. In game three, UMaine again fell to a 6-1 deficit, but rallied to a 14-11 lead.

Binghamton scored six straight points to regain the lead, 17-14, and the Black Bears could not overcome the three-point deficit. Game four featured seven ties as the two teams battled for the lead. The Black Bears fell to as much as 22-14, but came back to tie at 23-23. UMaine could not gain another lead

Binghamton, the blocking leader in the America East, tallied 20 block assists and three block solos.


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