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Volleyball handles Cornell in straight sets
September 25, 2014Tweet
Returning from a two-week layoff due to injury, sophomore Allison Hovie recorded a match-high 13 kills to lead the Binghamton volleyball team to a straight set victory over Cornell on Sept. 24 at Newman Arena in Ithaca. The Bearcats snapped a seven-match losing streak in the process, picking up an important victory in their final non-conference tune-up before America East play begins Sept. 26 in Albany.
Allison Hovie registered a season-high .323 hitting percentage in her first match back since Sept. 9, when Binghamton defeated Siena in straight sets. Junior right side Megan Burgess was solid all night with 12 kills and a .462 hitting percentage, committing just one attack error. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out a match-high 35 assists to go along with her eight digs.
In the opening set, Binghamton found themselves behind quickly 7-4, but kills by Dettmann and Kristin Hovie propelled the Bearcats on a 3-0 run. Back-to-back blocks gave the Bearcats their first lead of the set, forcing a Cornell timeout. The Big Red pulled within one thanks to a 5-2 run, but five kills from Hovie and a .340 hitting clip boosted Binghamton to the 25-22 first-set victory.
The Bearcats continued to press the Big Red in the second set, as a Bailey Walker service ace gave Binghamton the early advantage. However, a 7-1 run by Cornell pushed the Big Red ahead, 13-9. The Bearcats responded with a 14-3 run to take control of the second set, 23-16. A pair of aces by Hovie helped Binghamton take a 2-0 lead into the break, 25-20.
Binghamton controlled the final frame from start to finish, recording at a .300 hitting percentage for the second time in the match. Burgess highlighted the set with six of her 12 kills, while Hovie added four terminations. A stout Binghamton defense limited Cornell to .000 attack percentage for the second straight set cruising to the 25-14 third-set victory.
Walker tallied a match-high 15 digs for the Bearcats, who recorded at least nine total blocks for the third time in 2014. Binghamton also connected on six service aces while limiting Cornell to just one. Freshman Alexis LaGoy had a solid match with six kills, a .750 attack percentage and four blocks.
Binghamton opens America East play at Albany at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 from University Gymnasium in the state’s capital. Prior to last season, Binghamton and Albany combined for the previous nine America East titles (Albany, six; Binghamton, three). Last season, each team earned straight-set victories on their home courts.