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Smith leads Bearcats to 3-0 win over Colgate in season opener at Big Orange Tournament

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Junior right-side hitter Jen Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) led the squad with 11 kills, eight service aces and three blocks and the Bearcats (1-0) won their season opener 3-0 over Colgate (0-4) on Friday evening in the first match of the Big Orange Tournament. After battling the Raiders for 30-17 and 30-26 wins in the first two games of the match, Binghamton pulled away in the final game to a 30-23 win.

"After playing the first two games neck and neck, we really finished up strong in the third game," assistant coach Kishan Zuber said. "It was good to see the team play well together and be able to finish the deal."

Smith, who led the Bearcats in kills last season, made just one error for a .556 attack percentage. Binghamton sported a .269 attack percentage for the match. Smith closed out the match by serving the final six points, including four of her six service aces in the game. Freshman setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek) made her collegiate debut with 31 assists, and senior outside hitter Allison Beard (Elkland, Pa.) contributed nine kills.

The Bearcats continue play in the Big Orange Tournament with a pair of matches on Saturday. Binghamton will face the host Orangewomen at 1 p.m. and then take on Siena at 5 p.m..

NOTES: Binghamton improved to 4-7 all-time against Colgate ... the two teams will play each other again on Sept. 9 at Colgate ... the Bearcats won their season opener for the first time since 1997 against Rochester ... the program is 21-12 all-time in season openers ... Saturday's match against Syracuse will be televised by Time Warner Cable in Onondaga and Oswego counties.
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