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Baylor Edges Volleyball in Five Sets At Kathy Trosclair Memorial

Bearcats (2-10) display poise, but can't finish off Bears (11-1)

September 14, 2012

Baylor Edges Volleyball in Five Sets At Kathy Trosclair Memorial

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Baylor handed the Binghamton volleyball team its fifth five-set match of the season, Friday night at the Kathy Trosclair Memorial hosted by Tulane University. The Bearcats (2-10) used a dominant fourth set to extend the match and led by four late in the fifth, but eventually fell to the Bears (11-1) in five sets (14-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-17, 13-15). Binghamton will take the court two more times tomorrow afternoon against Tulane and UTEP.

“I thought it was a match we could have won…it’s a tough loss,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We played well and had our chances, but we just didn’t connect when we needed. It was good to see the team comeback in the second set and control the fourth. I thought we showed a lot of poise. We’ll learn from this match and get ready for two more tomorrow.”

Sophomore Kristin Hovie led the Bearcats with 13 kills, seven digs and five block assist. Classmate Amanda Dettmann had a solid match with 28 assists and 14 digs in addition to six kills on a .429 hitting percentage. Senior hitter Iva Partaleva chipped in 11 terminations. for her ninth double-digit kill effort of the season.

Baylor took control of the first set early and never looked back. The Bears started off the frame on an 8-3 run, assisted by several Binghamton errors. Kiriyama attempted to calm his team down with a timeout, but Baylor continued to dictate tempo building a lead as large as 10. The Bearcats did not do themselves any favors, committing 10 total errors in the opening stanza. Hovie put away four terminations for the Bearcats, who dropped the first set, 25-14.

Binghamton, looking to bounce back in the second set, used a pair of kills by junior Grace Vickers to go on a 5-1 run and build an 8-5 advantage. Back-to-back aces by Dettmann aided Binghamton in maintaining its lead, 11-7. Late in the frame, Hovie followed Dettmann’s example and dropped in a pair of service aces to assist a 4-0 Binghamton spurt and take an 18-14 lead, forcing a Baylor timeout. The break in action seemed to work for the Bears, who went on a 5-1 run to level the frame at 19. The Bearcats countered with three straight points, two of which came on Partaleva kills. The Bears threatened, climbing within one twice, but a pair of Baylor errors handed Binghamton the second set, 25-23.

A kill by freshman Megan Burgess gave Binghamton a slim 7-6 advantage in the third set, but Baylor rebounded with a 5-1 run to regain the lead, 11-7. The Bears began to pull away following a 6-2 spurt that forced a Binghamton timeout. Down 17-9, Binghamton attempted to work its way back into the frame with three straight kills, but Baylor proved too much taking the third stanza 25-16.

The fourth set witnessed the Bearcats diligently work to stay in the match as pair of Partaleva kills knotted the frame at seven. However, a 4-0 run by Baylor forced a Binghamton a timeout. A dominant 10-1 run out of the timeout gave the Bearcats an 18-12 advantage. The scoring surge was fueled by three Hovie kills. Binghamton pushed the match to a fifth set on a block assist from Vickers and Dettmann evening the game at two, 25-17.

In the fifth and final set, a Vickers kill leveled the frame at five early on. Binghamton then exploded for a 7-3 run capped by an Alex Roland kill, giving the Bearcats a 12-8 advantage. Following a Baylor timeout, the Bears went on a 5-0 run to take a 13-12 lead. Binghamton was unable to recover, falling 15-13 in the fifth set.

Binghamton continues play in the Kathy Trosclair Memorial Saturday afternoon with a pair of matches. The Bearcats start the day at 2 p.m. ET with host Tulane and wrap up the tournament against UTEP at 5 p.m. ET.

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