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For Immediate Release: November 5, 2004
Contact: Thomas Moore II (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Volleyball beats UMBC in five games

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VESTAL, N.Y.--Senior outside hitter Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill.) had team-highs of 17 kills and 21 digs to lead Binghamton (16-14, 6-5 AE) to a 3-2 victory over UMBC (12-16, 3-8 AE) in an America East volleyball match Saturday evening at the West Gym. The game scores were 30-26, 25-30, 30-27, 23-30 and 15-11.

"It was a good win, but we know we have to play better to get the win against Stony Brook tomorrow night," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "Our players always seem to get up against Stony Brook. Since it is senior night, that should give our team extra motivation."

The Retrievers started out all five games with the early lead. In the first game with Binghamton down 24-26, freshmen middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) sparked a 6-0 Bearcat run to end the first game with an authoritative kill just inside the back line. In the following three games, Binghamton consistently trailed the Retrievers only coming back game number three to narrowly win. In the deciding game, UMBC took the early lead as they had in the other four games. With the Retrievers up 7-5, the Bearcats went on a 7-2 run trying to close out the match. UMBC made a last attempt scoring a few points to reduce the Bearcat lead, but in the end Binghamton came out with the victory.

Senior right side hitter Jen Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) had 14 kills and 7 digs. While sophomore setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) added 46 assists and 10 digs. Kane added 11 kills with seven blocks for the Bearcats.

Binghamton hosts Stony Brook for the final home game of the season on Saturday at 5 p.m.

NOTES: The Bearcats are 5-0 in the fifth game this season.
 
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