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Volleyball Picks Up First Win Of Season Over Columbia

Junior Amanda Dettmann dishes out a career-high 57 assists

September 14, 2013

Volleyball Picks Up First Win Of Season Over Columbia

Junior setter Amanda Dettmann

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NEW YORK – Sophomore Megan Burgess had a career-high 21 kills to lead the Binghamton volleyball team to a five-set victory over host Columbia and its first win of the season, Friday night at Levien Gymnasium. The Bearcats (1-8) snapped an eight-match losing streak by virtue of a 26-24, 28-26, 18-25, 19-25 and 15-8 win over the host Lions (1-5) at the Columbia Invitational.

“It was a great team effort,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “I think we’re starting to develop chemistry out there and come together as a team. It was a very difficult match, but it was good to see our team respond to adversity. We had a lot of people step up tonight.”

Burgess, who eclipsed her previous career-high of 16 which she set the night before against Fordham, had seven of her 21 terminations in the first set en route to a .390 hitting clip. Senior Grace Vickers and freshman Allison Hovie added 17 terminations apiece for the Bearcats, who compiled a season-best 68 kills.

“Megan has been a bright spot for us all weekend,” Kiriyama continued. “It’s the best I’ve ever seen her hit and it’s great to see her gain some confidence. Grace and Allison really helped carry us towards the end of the match. Grace was pretty much unstoppable down the stretch…she was a big time force.”

Junior Amanda Dettmann had one of the best matches of her career, handing out 57 assists, surpassing her previous high of 56. She was as impressive defensively, picking up 12 digs and a pair of blocks. Three other Bearcats registered double-digit digs led by senior libero Xiomara Ortiz’s 27. Hovie added 19 for her second double-double of her career while junior Alexa Zbytniewski recorded 11.

Binghamton trailed most of the first set until an 8-3 run by the Bearcats evened the frame at 17. Burgess ignited the spurt with three kills and a block assist to bring Binghamton even with Columbia. The two teams traded jabs as the set would be tied four more times before a Hovie service ace capped a 3-0 run to put the visitors up 24-21. At set-point, Binghamton shot themselves in the foot with three straight attack errors helping Columbia level the set at 24. The Bearcats kept firing however, as back-to-back kills from Burgess and freshman Kelly Leach gave Binghamton the 26-24 first-set victory.

The Bearcats carried the momentum from the first set into the second racing out to 6-0 lead following three service aces by Ortiz. Binghamton kept its foot on the gas as a pair of kills from Vickers handed the Bearcats an 11-3 advantage. Columbia worked its way back into the frame however, going on a 12-4 run tying the set at 15. Both teams battled for control before a clutch kill by Burgess staved off set-point. The Lions fought off a pair of set-points themselves, but it’s wasn’t enough as kills from Leach and Hovie sealed the second set for the Bearcats, 28-26.

After dropping the third set 25-18 and fourth set 25-19, Binghamton displayed its championship pedigree by taking the fifth set 15-8. The Bearcats jumped all over the Lions, opening the frame on a 6-0 run to force a Columbia timeout. Terminations from Vickers and Hovie helped Binghamton maintain its cushion and force another Columbia timeout. Burgess’ 20th kill of the game gave the Bearcats a 10-3 lead, its largest lead of the stanza. Columbia threatened with a 3-0 run, but it proved too little, too late as a kill from Vickers coupled with a service ace by Burgess secured the five-set victory.

“This win does a lot for us in terms of our confidence,” Kiryama noted. “The team is working hard and it’s good to see that the work is paying off. We’re going to keep improving and we look forward to our home opener on Tuesday.”

Despite being out hit .215-.173 for the match, Binghamton came through when it counted compiling a .208 hitting clip in the fifth set, while holding Columbia to a .000 average. The Bearcats collected seven service aces while limiting the Lions to just three.

Burgess was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 3.42 kills per set on a .378 hitting percentage.

Binghamton is now 2-2 all-time against Columbia and exacted revenge for a straight-set loss to the Lions at the 2011 Columbia Invitational.

Binghamton welcomes Siena to West Gym for its 2013 home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. The Bearcats and Saints split a pair of five-set matches in 2012 as Binghamton leads the all-time series 17-7.


NEW YORK – Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) member Boston College defeated the Binghamton volleyball team in straight sets at the Columbia invitational, Saturday afternoon from Levien Gymnasium.  The Bearcats (0-8) dropped all three sets (25-15, 25-23, and 25-18) to the Eagles, who moved to 8-2 on the season. Binghamton wraps up tournament play tonight at 7 p.m. against the host Lions.

Senior captain Grace Vickers led the Bearcats with nine kills and four blocks, as Binghamton was limited to a .090 hitting percentage. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann dished out 21 assists, while senior libero Xiomara Ortiz had a match-high 14 digs.

After dropping the first set 25-15, Binghamton displayed its resiliency early in the second jumping out to a 5-2 lead following an Ortiz service ace. Boston College countered however, using a 4-0 service run to even the frame at nine. From there the stanza was tied five more times until back-to-back kills by Vickers handed Binghamton a 19-16 advantage. The Eagles again responded, going on a 7-2 run, taking a 23-21 lead and forcing a Binghamton timeout. A Megan Burgess kill and Allison Hovie service ace pulled the Bearcats within one, but it wasn’t enough as Boston College hung on for the 25-23 second-set victory.

Binghamton again battled Boston College throughout the third set. Vickers hammered home three consecutive kills while a Burgess ace capped a 5-0, handing the Bearcats a 6-1 lead early in the frame. As was the case in the second set, Boston College responded with a 6-0 spurt to take a 7-6 lead. A Hovie termination knotted the stanza at nine, but a 7-2 run by Boston College gave the Eagles some breathing room. The Bearcats pulled within four twice late in the frame, but were able to get any closer dropping the set 25-18.

The Bearcats were solid in the serve-receive game as five different players posted at least five digs. Binghamton and Boston College were even in the category, each collecting 46 digs. Junior Alexa Zbytniewski had a career-high eight digs for the Bearcats.

Boston College forced Binghamton into 20 attack errors, while committing just 12 themselves. The Bearcats were again solid at the net registered six and a half blocks as a unit.

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