Immediate Release: November 15, 2003
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Bearcats drop season finale to Stony Brook
STONY BROOK, N.Y.--Binghamton (16-15, 5-9 AE) concluded the 2003 campaign with a 3-1 loss to conference rival Stony Brook (19-12, 10-4 AE) on Saturday afternoon at the SBU Sports Complex. The Seawolves reversed last month's loss to the Bearcats by the same score, winning 30-20, 27-30, 30-23, 30-25. Depending on the outcome of matches later in the evening, Binghamton will finish either fifth or sixth in the eight-team conference. Only the top four teams advance to next weekend's America East Championship.
"It was a pretty good match on both sides," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We struggled with our execution at times, but our middles did a good job when we were able to run our offense and they gave the other team a hard time. We weren't consistent enough with our passing and ball control and the other team did a good job of executing. Stony Brook is the hottest team heading into the conference tournament. It will be interesting to see how they do."
After losing the first game, the Bearcats tied the match at 1-1 behind a .319 team attack percentage in the second game. The match turned back in the Seawolves favor in the final two games, however, as Binghamton made 18 attack errors and hit just .071 in that span.
Junior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill.) led three Binghamton players in double figures with 16 kills. She finishes the season with 410 kills, the fifth-highest single-season total in school history. Junior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa.) added 11 kills and seven blocks while making just two attack errors and senior outside hitter Allison Beard (Elkland, Pa.) concluded her career with 10 kills and a superb .556 attack percentage.
The Bearcats end their season with a six-win improvement over last season and their highest win total since 2000. In addition to Beard, senior outside hitter Morgan Jimerson (Grandview, N.Y.) and senior defensive specialists Shannon Kelly (Ridge, N.Y.) and Nicole Savin (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) played in their final match. All four players were four-year members of the program.
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