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BU drops tough five-set match at Stony Brook
Bearcats push Seawolves to fifth set, unable to complete comeback
October 2, 2011
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STONY BROOK, N.Y.—The Binghamton volleyball team dropped a hard-fought five set match against Stony Brook, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. BU (8-12, 0-3 AE) lost their third straight America East match to begin conference play. The Seawolves (8-8, 2-1 AE) used a 26-kill effort from Alicia Nelson to power past the Bearcats. The 0-3 start marks the first time BU dropped its first three matches to begin conference play since joining the America East.
“We had a much better effort today,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t come away with a win, but we executed our offense a lot better this afternoon. The match could have gone either way, so if we start to cut down on our errors we’ll be able to come away with a different outcome.”
Stony Brook opened up the match with a first-set victory over the Bearcats 25-19. The Seawolves took command of the frame following a 7-0 run, giving Stony Brook a 13-5 lead. A kill by junior Iva Partaleva coupled with a ball handling error by the Seawolves trimmed the deficit to three, 21-18. The Bearcats were unable to get any closer as Stony Brook scored four of the last five points to win the set.
After falling behind 8-2 early in the second set the Bearcats began to rally. BU chipped away at the Stony Brook lead executing their offense much better than they did Friday night. Binghamton received kills from Alex Roland, Kristin Hovie, Jordan Snapp and Partaleva to climb back into the stanza. A 3-0 spurt by the Bearcats knotted the set at 18. Binghamton’s defense gave the Bearcats a late lead, receiving a block assist from Roland and Partaleva, making the score 24-23. Following a Seawolves point, back-to-back kills by Partaleva and Snapp gave BU the 26-24 second-set victory and evened the match at one game apiece.
True to form, the third set began with BU trailing once again. Displaying their resolve, Binghamton battled back to take the lead thanks to a pair of Stony Brook attack errors and a Iva Partaleva service ace. The Seawolves wrestled the lead back from BU following a 4-0 run to take an 11-8 advantage. Binghamton responded with a 6-0 run of their own, receiving kills from Hovie, Roland and freshman Annelot Nieuwenhuis to take a 15-13 lead, forcing a Seawolves time out. Three straight service aces by Stony Brook’s Alicia Nelson gave the Seawolves an 18-16 advantage, which they would not relinquish winning the third set 25-19.
In a tense fourth set Binghamton trailed the entire way until late in frame. Stony Brook raced out to a 7-3 lead and held the advantage for most of the set. BU trimmed the lead to three several times, the last on a service ace by sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz that made the score 21-18. Stony Brook used a time out to regroup as BU hung in the match. A late 3-0 run by the Bearcats, ignited by a pair of kills from Hovie and Roland tied the set at 23. Following a Stony Brook kill, Binghamton scored the next three points capped by a pair of kills from freshman Jordan Snapp, to take the stanza 26-24 and push the match to a deciding fifth set.
The final set witnessed Stony Brook take an early 7-3 lead, which BU was unable to recover from. Back-to-back kills by Hovie and Roland kept Binghamton in the match at 13-9, forcing a Stony Brook time out. BU tacked on two more points out of the break, but could not stop the Seawolves, falling 15-11 in the final frame.
Alex Roland led the Bearcats with a team-high 17 kills and seven blocks. Freshmann setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 50 assists for the third time this season, adding 11 digs. Jordan Snapp recorded a career-high 13 kills. Iva Partaleva and Kristin Hovie also registered double-digit kills with 13 and 10, respectively. Xiomara Ortiz led BU’s back line with 25 digs.
Binghamton is off until next Sunday, Oct. 9 when they host the Providence Friars. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the West Gym.