For Immediate Release: October 2, 2004
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Binghamton volleyball takes two of three matches at St. Francis Red Flash Invitational

Box score: West Virginia 3, Binghamton 0

Box score: Binghamton 3, St. Francis 0
Box score: Binghamton 3, Canisius 0

LORETTO, Pa.-- The Binghamton volleyball team closed out its five-week tournament run by taking two of three matches at the St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash Invitational this weekend. The Bearcats were swept by West Virginia 30-23, 30-23, 30-26 on Friday before coming back on Saturday to sweep the host school 30-20, 30-25, 30-21 and Canisius 30-27, 30-23, 32-30.

Senior outside hitter
Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill.) averaged a team-best 4.0 kills per game during the weekend. Her weekend-high was 15 kills in the match against St. Francis. Senior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.) averaged 3.8 kills and 2.0 blocks per game. She posted 11 kills two solo blocks and eight block assists in the win over Canisius.

"Michele has been one of our most effective hitters the last couple of weeks," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "She has been getting a lot more sets and did a good job this weekend. And Anne keeps doing the same thing every match. She controlled the front row and had another good day today."

Sophomore setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) had her strongest weekend of the season, averaging 13.44 assists per game. She had 41 assists in each of the two wins on Saturday. Freshman defensive specialist Megan Phillips (Windsor, N.Y.) also had her best weekend of the season, averaging 4.7 digs per game.

Senior right side hitter Jen Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) turned in a pair of double-doubles during the weekend. She had 12 kills and 11 digs against West Virginia as well as 11 kills and 18 digs in the match against Canisius.

"It was a good weekend, especially on Saturday," Kiriyama said. "Against Canisius, we did a good job blocking ... we got our hands on a lot of balls and played pretty good defense. They were pretty tight games and that's what kept us in it. We also had good blocking against St. Francis. In that match we didn't hit as well but well enough to win."

Binghamton begins its conference schedule at Albany on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Heck now has 1,229 career kills, moving her to within 28 kills of the all-time school record of 1,257 set by Lauren Caiaciaa from 1992-95 ... Meffert now has 2,077 career assists. During the St. Francis Red Flash Invitational, she became just the third player in school history to surpass the 2,000 mark for her career ... for the season, Crocus is now averaging a team-best 4.15 kills and 1.65 digs per game. Meffert raised her assists per game average to 11.40.


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