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Reigning America East Champs Announce 2013 Schedule
Bearcats begin title defense at Colgate Tournament Aug. 30
July 10, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball program has released its 2013 schedule, as announced by head coach Glenn Kiriyama. The Bearcats, who won the 2012 America East title, has composed a 28-game slate which includes its annual four preseason tournaments and 14 conference contests. Binghamton has nine home matches at West Gym and a pair of matchups against NCAA tournament teams.
“My feeling this year is that all of these teams we play in the preseason will be tough matches,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Nothing will be easy during the early portion of our schedule. There may not be as many notable teams, but they will all be battles. I constructed a challenging preseason schedule with the intention of winning each match while learning more about our team.”
Binghamton begins its title defense on August 30 at the Colgate Tournament. It is the first time the Bearcats will make the short trip to Hamilton, N.Y. to participate in the Raiders’ tournament along with St. John’s and Central Connecticut St. A week later, Kiriyama will take his squad south to Raleigh, North Carolina to compete in the North Carolina St. Tournament. It is the second straight tournament that Binghamton will play for the first time. Joining the Bearcats and Wolfpack will be Towson and Appalachian St. Binghamton will face a pair of 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship participants North Carolina State and Colgate during the season’s first two weeks.
After two new trips, Binghamton will make familiar stops at the Columbia and Kent State Tournaments. The Bearcats will play in the Columbia Tournament (Sept. 13-14) for the second time in three seasons with participants Fordham and Boston College. Following the Bearcats’ home opener against Siena on Sept. 17, Binghamton heads to Ohio to play in the Kent State Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Bearcats will take on Eastern Illinois and the University of Illinois-Chicago as well as the Golden Flash.
Binghamton begins America East play with three straight road games. The Bearcats open with Albany (Sept. 29) in a rematch of last year’s title game. Following the highly anticipated matchup the Bearcats head to New England to face Providence (Oct. 4) and Hartford (Oct. 6).
“With our conference being expanded it will be wide open this year, similar to last season,” Kiriyama noted. “There will be several teams fighting for positions in the conference tournament. And with the addition of UMass Lowell it will be much tougher. We look forward to getting back to the tournament and doing some more damage this year.”
After playing 16 of their first 17 games away from West Gym the Bearcats will be at home for the remainder of October with a six-game homestand. Binghamton welcomes Stony Brook (Oct. 11) and UMBC (Oct. 13) to Vestal for Homecoming Weekend before hosting Ivy League member Cornell (Oct. 15) in its final non-conference match of the season. The Bearcats conclude the six-game stretch of home contests with matches against New Hampshire (Oct. 18), new America East member UMass Lowell (Oct. 20) and Albany (Oct. 26).
Binghamton will play four of its final six games on the road beginning with a trip to Baltimore to face UMBC on Nov. 1. The Bearcats then head to Long Island to face Stony Brook on Nov. 3. The following weekend Binghamton returns home for its final two home contests against Hartford (Nov. 8) and Providence (Nov. 9).
The Bearcats complete the regular season with trips to UMass Lowell (Nov. 15) and New Hampshire (Nov. 17). UMass Lowell finished its 2012 campaign as members of Division II and the Northeast 10 (NEC-10) conference. The River Hawks had an overall record of 11-14 and 6-9 in league play.
“I think this year after going to the tournament and winning it in 2012, we have that hunger to repeat,” Kiriyama stated. “The team knows what they have to do to get there and we look forward to seeing the development of the players and getting back to work in August.”
The America East Championships will be held either Nov. 22-23 or 23-24 and will be hosted by the regular season champion.
Binghamton won its third America East title after sweeping two-time defending champion Albany on its home floor. The Bearcats return four starters, including 2012 America East tournament Most Outstanding Player Grace Vickers and Co-Setter of the Year Amanda Dettmann.