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Stony Brook Outlasts Volleyball In Five Sets

Senior captain Grace Vickers led the Bearcats with 14 kills

October 11, 2013


Stony Brook Outlasts Volleyball In Five Sets

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team fell to visiting Stony Brook in a hard-fought America East battle, Friday evening from West Gym. The Bearcats (3-14, 1-3 AE) were outlasted by the Seawolves (9-11, 3-1 AE) 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, 22-25 and 6-15, dropping their second consecutive conference match.

“After the first set I thought we played really well,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “It was reassuring to see us regain our composure and play hard in those middle sets. I thought we committed a few too many errors down the stretch which really hampered our offense. Stony Brook is a very good team and I was proud to see my team battle them the entire way.”

Senior captain Grace Vickers led the way for the Bearcats with a team-high 14 kills on a .333 hitting clip. Freshman Allison Hovie and sophomore Megan Burgess also posted double-digit kills with 11 and 10, respectively. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann dished out 36 assists while senior libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up a team-high 15 digs.

After a 25-16 first-set defeat, Binghamton built a 15-9 lead behind multiple kills from Vickers and Burgess. A block assist by Shannon Kirkpatrick and Burgess handed the Bearcats their six-point lead and forced a Stony Brook timeout. The Seawolves stormed out of the break, going on a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the set, 18-17. Never wavering, the Bearcats held their composure as back-to-back kills by Vickers regained the advantage for Binghamton. Stony Brook errors coupled with a Dettmann dump and Allison Hovie kill handed Binghamton the second set, 25-23.

In the third set the Bearcats found themselves in a 12-4 hole following an 11-0 Stony Brook run. However, Vickers’ hot hand ignited an 11-2 run by Binghamton, reclaiming the lead for the Bearcats. During the scoring spurt Vickers tallied three kills and two service aces. Allison Hovie continued to apply pressure on Stony Brook with back-to-back kills allowing Binghamton to hold its one-point margin. Terminations from Burgess, Kirkpatrick, and Kelly Leach down the stretch helped Binghamton secure the 25-19 third-set victory.

Stony Brook looked to even the match in the fourth set and each time they looked as if they were pulling away Binghamton leveled the frame. The Seawolves held a slim 12-9 advantage, but three straight terminations by Allison Hovie evened the set. Stony Brook started creating breathing room before a block assist by Vickers and Leach again knotted the stanza at 19. Critical errors built another deficit for the Bearcats that they were unable to climb out of, falling 25-22 in the fourth set.

Binghamton scored the first two points of the fifth set, but that is where the production ended. A 8-1 Stony Brook run ensued, claiming a five-point advantage. The Bearcats were never able to get back on track after the crowd-silencing run. Stony Brook hit a blistering .500 during the frame while limiting Binghamton to a .059 hitting clip. The Seawolves cruised to a 15-6 fifth-set victory, claiming their third conference win.

Binghamton hit .152 for the match while Stony Brook compiled a .234 hitting percentage. The Bearcats committed 12 service errors which stymied their offensive opportunities. Both teams played well at the net as Stony Brook recorded 10 blocks with Binghamton collecting eight.

The Bearcats turn right around for a matchup with UMBC tomorrow afternoon on Homecoming Saturday. Binghamton welcomes UMBC to West Gym for a 4 p.m. first serve.

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