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Albany Defeats Volleyball In Straight Sets
Bearcats (5-14, 2-2 AE) drop second consecutive conference match
October 5, 2012Tweet
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ALBANY, N.Y. – Albany continued to display its America East might as they swept Binghamton, Friday night at University Gymnasium. The Bearcats (5-14, 2-2 AE) fell in straight sets to the three-time defending conference champion Great Danes (6-10, 3-0 AE) 25-16, 25-21 and 25-17. Attacking miscues were costly for the Bearcats all night as they committed 19 attack errors compared to Albany’s eight.
“We had a tough time stopping their hitters and our blocks were a bit late at times,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Albany has some good hitters and they’re a good team, so you have to give them credit. I thought our middles did a good job tonight, but we couldn’t control the ball enough to get them more sets.”
The Bearcats were led by senior middle Alex Roland, who tallied a match-high 13 kills and .522 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 32 helpers, while junior libero Xiomara Ortiz chipped in 15 digs. Despite being ranked third in the league in blocking, Binghamton did not register a single block against Albany.
In the first set, Binghamton fell behind 11-7 due to multiple attack errors, forcing Kiriyama to use an early timeout. Albany maintained its four-point cushion throughout the frame eventually extending it to seven, taking a 17-10 lead. The Bearcats attempted to stay in the set as kills by Roland and senior Iva Partaleva briefly trimmed the deficit. However, it wasn’t enough as Albany won the first set 25-16. Binghamton was out hit in the stanza .314 to .125, committing eight attack errors.
Determined to bounce back in the second set, the Bearcats raced out to a 5-0 advantage capped by an Alexa Zbytniewski service ace. Binghamton held a four-point margin until a 4-0 spurt by Albany evened the frame at 11. As the two teams battled, kills by Roland and sophomore Kristin Hovie gave BU a slim 16-15 lead. Albany countered however with a 3-0 burst to regain the lead 18-16. A Roland kill knotted the frame at 19, but Binghamton was unable to overcome unforced errors succumbing to Albany 25-21.
Binghamton was ineffective in gaining its footing in the third set quickly falling behind 10-5. The Great Danes maintained their cushion until they broke the frame open with a 3-0 spurt to take a 19-11 lead. The Bearcats tried to climb back into the match with a 5-1 run, aided by a pair of Roland kills, to trim the deficit to four 20-16. After an Albany timeout the Great Danes went on a 5-1 run of their own, closing out the set and the match 25-17.
The Bearcats were out hit by the Great Danes .359 to .204, but trailed by just two in the kill column 43-41. Binghamton tallied just two service aces opposed to Albany’s six. The Bearcats are first in the conference in service aces per set (1.47).
Binghamton has to get over the straight set defeat quickly as they head to Hartford tonight for a meeting with the Hawks tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.