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Allison Hovie leads Volleyball In Sweep of UMass Lowell
Bearcats complete third consecutive sweep to keep playoff hopes alive
November 15, 2013Tweet
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LOWELL, Mass. – Freshman Allison Hovie led the Binghamton volleyball team to its third consecutive sweep with a team-high 12 kills to defeat host UMass Lowell, Friday night in America East action at the Costello Athletics Center. The Bearcats (9-18, 7-6 AE) kept their playoff chances alive with the 25-16, 25-17 and 25-15 straight-set victory over the River Hawks (0-25, 0-13 AE). Albany fell to New Hampshire in Durham to help Binghamton’s slim hopes for a postseason berth.
Three Bearcats recorded double-digit kills led by Allison Hovie’s 12, her older sister Kristin Hovie collected 11 while senior middle Grace Vickers added 10. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 28 assists leading Binghamton to a .255 hitting percentage. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up a match-high 19 digs to headline the defensive unit for the Bearcats.
In the first set, the host River Hawks battled the defending America East champions tying the frame eight times before a 6-1 run by the Bearcats broke the stanza open. A pair of kills by Allison Hovie coupled with a Vickers service ace ignited the run. Multiple attack errors doomed Lowell down the stretch as the River Hawks were held to a negative hitting percentage in the opening frame. Binghamton hit .158 and Vickers registered five kills en route to a 25-16 first-set victory.
Lowell took the early advantage in the second set before two Allison Hovie kills regained the lead for the Bearcats midway through the frame. Binghamton maintained its two-point margin before erupting on a 5-0 run capped by terminations from Vickers and sophomore Megan Burgess. Down 17-10, Lowell briefly chipped away at the deficit going on a 3-0 spurt, but kills by Vickers and Allison Hovie helped stymie the momentum. A Dettmann service ace ended the second set 25-17 in favor of the Bearcats, taking a 2-0 lead into the break.
Service aces by Ortiz and Allison Hovie propelled Binghamton to a 13-9 lead midway through the third set. A Kristin Hovie kill and ace maintained the cushion for the Bearcats holding the River Hawks at bay. Back-to-back kills by the freshmen duo of Allison Hovie and Bianca Anderson, who recorded her first kill since Sept. 20, extended Binghamton’s lead to seven, 20-13, forcing a Lowell timeout. The Bearcats closed out the match on a 5-2 run capped by a pair of terminations from Allison Hovie, to take the final frame 25-15.
The Bearcats were strong defensively limiting the River Hawks to a negative hitting percentage behind four blocks from Burgess. Binghamton held a distinct advantage in the digs category picking up 51 compared to Lowell’s 34.
To advance to the America East Championship and defend its title, Binghamton will need to win at New Hampshire and have Albany lose at Lowell. UMBC swept Providence to advance to tournament while Stony Brook fell to Hartford. Stony Brook holds the first tiebreaker over Binghamton as a result of its two wins over the Bearcats this season.
Binghamton takes on first-place New Hampshire, who secured the top seed in the conference tournament by virtue of its win over Albany, Sunday at 1 p.m.