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First-Place New Hampshire Defeats Volleyball In Four Sets
Senior middle Grace Vickers records a team-high 13 kills for Bearcats (4-16, 2-4 AE)
October 18, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – First-place New Hampshire avenged a pair of 2012 defeats with a four-set victory over host Binghamton, in an America East match Friday night at West Gym. The Wildcats (11-11, 5-1 AE) held off the defending champion Bearcats (4-16, 2-4 AE) 25-16, 22-25, 25-17 and 26-24 to remain in sole possession of first-place in the conference standings.
“I thought we fought hard and played fairly well tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “However, we just had way too many unforced errors. New Hampshire is a good team and they opened up some big leads, which were difficult to comeback from. Amanda (Dettmann) did a nice job of getting our hitters involved, but the errors really killed our momentum. We’re going to have to start stringing together some wins if we want advance to the (America East) tournament.”
Binghamton was led by senior middle Grace Vickers, who recorded 13 kills on a .435 hitting percentage. Sophomore Megan Burgess contributed 10 terminations to the Bearcat attack. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 35 assists adding seven kills and six digs. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz collected a match-high 15 digs.
New Hampshire utilized a .400 hitting clip in the first set to open up a 14-7 lead. The Bearcats trimmed the deficit to four following a block assist from Vickers and Kristin Hovie. However, three straight points by the Wildcats extended their lead back to seven. Binghamton again chipped away at the sizeable margin with back-to-back kills from Dettmann and Burgess, but New Hampshire was too strong claiming the first set, 25-16.
The second set witnessed 10 ties, including six early before a 4-0 Binghamton run opened a 10-6 lead for the Bearcats. A Kristin Hovie kill coupled with an Ortiz ace ignited the spurt. New Hampshire pulled within two, but a Shannon Kirkpatrick and Allison Hovie block assist again gave Binghamton a four-point lead. The Wildcats countered with a 5-0 run to take an 18-17 lead. The Bearcats kept their composure as a kill by Kristin Hove handed the lead back to Binghamton, 23-22. In the back-and-forth frame, a pair of Vickers kills helped Binghamton level the match at one, 25-22. The Bearcats closed the set on a 6-0 run thanks to a .282 hitting clip.
After dropping the third set 25-17, Binghamton looked to extend the match to a fifth game, but quickly fell behind 14-5. A 4-0 run capped by a pair of Burgess kills pulled Binghamton within striking distance. However, two straight New Hampshire aces pushed the margin back to nine. Down 22-16 late in the frame, Binghamton continued to fight embarking on a 7-1 run to even the set at 23. The Bearcats rode the arm of Allison Hovie, who registered four of her eight terminations during the run. The Wildcats flexed their muscle however, holding off the Bearcats, 26-24.
New Hampshire’s backline played a prominent role all night picking up 60 digs opposed to 52 by Binghamton. Both teams defended the net well with the Wildcats tallying nine total blocks and the Bearcats recording eight. The achilles heel for Binghamton were the 29 attack errors. New Hampshire limited its mistakes committing just 18 misfires.
Binghamton is 13-11 all-time versus New Hampshire. The two programs have combined for six America East titles, with three each.
The Bearcats return to their home floor Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. welcoming new America East member UMass Lowell. Binghamton owns a 3-0 all-time record against the River Hawks. Both schools were members of the New England Collegiate Conference 1998-2000.