Immediate Release: September 5, 2004
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Volleyball team loses final match at Western New York Tournament to Texas-Arlington
BUFFALO, N.Y.--Senior middle blocker Anne Crocus (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) posted a match-high 25 kills, but it wasn't enough to lead Binghamton (2-2) to a win against undefeated Texas-Arlington (5-0). The Bearcats were defeated 30-22, 28-30, 30-23, 30-27 in their fourth and final match this weekend at the Western New York Tournament.
"This was a tough loss for us but we improved a lot over the weekend," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We played a really good team today but our execution was a lot better than our first match."
In four matches this past weekend, Crocus averaged 4.43 kills and 1.93 blocks per game. Twice she had at least 20 kills and against Niagara on Saturday, she posted a school-record 17 blocks. Against Texas-Arlington, she made just two errors in 54 attempts to hit .411. Her weekend concluded with a selection to the all-tournament team.
Senior outside hitters Jen Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y./North Tonawanda) and Michele Heck (Chicago, Ill./Resurrection) and sophomore setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek) all posted double-doubles against Texas-Arlington. Smith had 19 kills and a team-high 14 digs, Heck had 10 kills and 12 digs while Meffert tallied 50 assists and had 12 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) also had 12 digs.
Binghamton heads to the Villanova Classic this coming weekend. It's first match will be against Fairfield at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
PLEASE NOTE: The 25 kills for Crocus was also her career high. Her previous career-high was 22 kills, against Niagara on Oct. 4, 2003.
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