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Binghamton falls in straight sets to Ohio State
Roland registers eight kills in losing effort
August 31, 2012Tweet
COLLEGE PARK, MD.—Binghamton (1-4) fell to Big Ten power Ohio State (3-1), who is receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, in straight sets (11-25, 20-25 and 11-25) at the opening match of the Maryland Invitational early Friday evening. Senior Alex Roland tallied a team-high eight kills and sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann dished out 19 assists in the defeat.
“Ohio State is an excellent team and they took advantage of our errors tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said afterwards. “Their length bothered us a bit, but I think we competed and battled for all three sets. Our play in the middle was solid tonight and there were a lot of positives that we can take moving forward as we take on tough opponents in Maryland and Seton Hall.”
In the opening set, the Buckeyes raced out to a quick 8-2 start that included a pair of service aces. After two Ohio State service errors and a kill from freshman Megan Burgess, the Bearcats cut the deficit to just four at 10-6. Unfortunately, that’s as close as Binghamton would get in the first as Ohio State scored six straight points, and eventually pulled away with the 25-11 advantage.
The second set started out much like the first, with Ohio State taking the early lead, this time moving ahead 8-4. Binghamton fought back winning three of the next four points, including kills from sophomores Kristin Hovie and Amanda Dettmann. Later in the set, a kill from senior outside hitter Iva Partaleva and a block from fellow classmate Alex Roland pulled the match even at 17. Roland’s three kill/two block performance was spoiled as OSU pulled ahead on an 8-3 run to take the 2-0 lead heading into intermission.
The Buckeyes started off hot again in the third and final set winning nine of the first 13 points awarded. An attack error from OSU’s Andrea Kacsits pulled Binghamton to within eight, 16-8, but the sweet-16 finalists from a year ago proved to be too much as they pulled to 3-1 on the season with the 25-11 third set victory. Dettmann distributed seven assists, while sophomore Kristin Hovie notched two kills in the final set.
As mentioned earlier, the length of Ohio State caused problems for BU, who managed a hitting percentage of just .045. Junior libero Xiomara Ortiz was a bright spot for Binghamton corralling 16 digs, one assist and a kill in the losing effort.
Binghamton returns to action Saturday afternoon as they square off with tournament hosts Maryland and later at 5:30, the Bearcats will square off with Big East competitors Seton Hall.