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Dettmann Honored As America East Setter of the Week
Sophomore captain quarterbacked Binghamton to a conference best .314 hitting percentage
September 24, 2012Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Amanda Dettmann was named America East Setter of the Week after quarterbacking the Bearcats to wins over Syracuse and UMBC. It is the first conference accolade of 2012 for Binghamton and the second-career award for Dettmann. The Milwaukee native was named Rookie of the Week on Sept. 12, 2011.
“Amanda had tremendous matches performing at a high rate in all areas,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “She put our hitters in optimal position to score and played a pair of solid games on the defensive side.”
After recording just two wins in their first 14 matches, Binghamton equaled that total in a span of three days. Dettmann orchestrated a Bearcat team that defeated Syracuse for the first time in BU’s 11-year Division I history and overpowered UMBC for the first time in five meetings. Binghamton overcame a two-set deficit against Syracuse to triumph in five last Wednesday before dismantling UMBC in straight sets this past Friday.
During the Bearcats’ two-game stretch, the second-year captain averaged 11.13 assists per set and recorded her seventh and eighth matches of the season with at least 40 helpers. Her setting paced Binghamton to a .314 hitting percentage, by far the best in the conference last week. Dettman upped her assists per set average to 9.27 following last week, which ranks third in the America East.
In Binghamton’s home and conference opener against UMBC, Dettmann handed out 41 assists establishing the first time in her career that she registered over 40 assists in a three-set match. Dettmann operated a Bearcat offense that recorded their best hitting percentage in three seasons. BU displayed its accuracy against the Retrievers, connecting on 40 percent of their attack attempts with leading hitters Kristin Hovie and Alex Roland each finishing with a hitting clip of .500 or better.
At Syracuse, Binghamton fell behind two-sets-to-none after two very competitive frames. Dettmann helped the Bearcats roar back for the five-set victory with 48 assists. Binghamton had lost 11 straight matches against the Orange since elevating to the Division I level prior to last Wednesday’s five-set thriller.
Binghamton continues conference play this weekend with a pair home of matches. The Bearcats welcome Providence on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. then turn around to host New Hampshire on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m.