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Volleyball team ends six-match skid
September 13, 2012Tweet
The Binghamton volleyball team snapped a six-game skid with a four-set victory (25-18, 21-25, 26-24, 25-16) over Siena in a non-conference matchup on Sept. 12 from the UHY Court at The Alumni Recreation Center in Loudonville, N.Y. The Bearcats (2-9) exacted revenge on the Saints (5-6) for a five-set defeat at the Boston College Invitational earlier this season.
“I thought the team worked very hard tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Offensively, we executed well and made some big plays to win a tight third set. Our hitters were very aggressive and Amanda did a good job setting them up. Defensively, we blocked well and improved our serve-receive. It was a nice road victory and we are looking forward to this weekend.”
Binghamton had a solid night offensively, posting a .241 hitting percentage with 55 kills. The Bearcats had three players with at least 10 terminations. Senior Iva Partaleva led the way with a match-high 18 kills, while sophomore Kristin Hovie added 12 and junior Alex Roland chipped in 10.
Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann operated the offense with precision, handing out 40 assists to go along with her 11 digs. Dettmann’s performance marked the third time this season she recorded at least 40 assists and 10 digs in the same game.
Binghamton roared out of the gates, taking an early 4-1 lead highlighted by a Roland kill. Siena worked to even the score at ten, but the Bearcats never relinquished their lead during the first set. A termination by Partaleva assisted Binghamton in maintaining a two-point advantage, 17-15. From there it was all Bearcats, as Binghamton went on an 8-3 run capped by a pair of block assists to close out the frame 25-18.
In the second set, the Bearcats dug themselves an early hole, falling behind 6-1. Binghamton climbed back into the frame thanks to a 5-0 run ended by a Hovie kill. From there the set was tied five times before Siena began to pull away. With the stanza level at 17, the Saints went on an 8-4 run to even the match up at one set apiece, 25-21.
The third set witnessed the most competitive action of the night as the go-ahead frame was tied 10 times throughout. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) preseason Player of the Year Taylor Akana evened the set at 10 with one of her team-high 12 kills, helping the Saints build a three-point advantage midway through the stanza. The Bearcats continued to fight as a Partaleva kill gave Binghamton a 22-21 lead late in the frame. Siena tied the set two more times, fighting off set-point, but Binghamton proved too strong taking the third set, 26-24.
The Bearcats cruised in the fourth and final set, racing out to an 11-3 lead. A 5-0 Siena run threatened Binghamton, but the Bearcats responded with a 7-2 spurt to take an 18-10 advantage late in the frame. Kills by Hovie, Roland and junior captain Grace Vickers helped Binghamton finish off Siena, 25-16, taking the match three games to one.