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Volleyball Battles UMBC, Falls In Four Sets
Freshman Allison Hovie posts double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs
November 1, 2013Tweet
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BALTIMORE – UMBC outlasted the Binghamton volleyball team in four sets in an America East battle, Friday night from RAC Arena. The Bearcats (6-17, 4-5 AE), who are looking to remain in the playoff picture, fought the Retrievers (15-9, 6-3 AE) all night, but fell 20-25, 26-24, 29-31 and 23-25 to split the season series. With an Albany victory over Stony Brook Friday night, Binghamton falls two games back in the playoff hunt.
“I thought we worked hard tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “All the games were close and the team put out a great effort. We had our chances at times, but just weren’t able to convert at key moments. I’m proud of the way we fought, but now we have to focus on Stony Brook.”
Three Bearcats reached double-digit kills led by freshman Allison Hovie’s 16. Senior Grace Vickers and junior Kristin Hovie tallied 14 terminations apiece. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann eclipsed the 50 assist mark for the second time this season with 54 helpers. The second-year captain added 12 digs for her eight double-double of the year. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz led the back line with a match-high 20 digs.
The opening set witnessed nine early ties before UMBC went on a 3-0 run to take a 12-9 lead and force a Binghamton timeout. An Allison Hovie termination kept the Bearcats within striking distance, but another Retriever run extended the UMBC lead to eight, 20-12. Three kills from the arm of Kristin Hovie ignited a 7-2 Binghamton run to pull the Bearcats within three. It wasn’t enough however, as UMBC hit .327 in the frame while limiting Binghamton to a .160 clip, to take the first set 25-20. Kristin Hovie recorded four kills during the stanza.
UMBC jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set, but Binghamton countered with a 4-0 run of its own bookended by kills from Shannon Kirkpatrick. The Retrievers extended their lead back to four thanks to Bearcat errors however, a kill by Vickers and an ace by Bailey Walker sparked a 4-0 run by Binghamton. The Bearcats took their first lead of the set at 11-10, but a 6-1 run by UMBC handed the Retrievers a 17-13 advantage. In the seesaw set, a block by Vickers and Kristin Hovie helped Binghamton regain the lead 20-19, following a 7-2 Bearcat run. Service errors seemingly hampered the Bearcats down the stretch but kills by Kristin Hovie and Kirkpatrick sealed the second set for Binghamton, 26-24.
In a hotly contested third set that extended into extra points, neither team was willing to give any ground. Following nine early ties, a Xiomara Ortiz ace handed Binghamton a slim 14-13 advantage. UMBC leveled the frame at 15, but a 3-0 Binghamton run ensued capped by a Kristin Hovie kill. The Retrievers did not go away however, answering with a 6-1 spurt to take a 21-19 lead. Binghamton responded with a 4-1 run thanks to two Allison Hovie kills and a Dettmann ace to go up 23-22. The Bearcats had several chances to finish off the Retrievers in the closing moments, but UMBC fought off five set points to take the exciting third set, 31-29.
Binghamton seemed to run out of gas in the fourth set after an exhausting third, but continued to battle UMBC. A pair of kills by Kristin Hovie and Megan Burgess evened the frame at five, but UMBC countered with a 4-0 run to take the 9-5 advantage. The Retrievers maintained their cushion until back-to-back kills by Burgess and Kirkpatrick trimmed the deficit to three. UMBC kept Binghamton at bay, but kills by Vickers and Allison Hovie forced a Retriever timeout. The duo struck again as a block by Vickers and Allison Hovie brought Binghamton within one, however a late 3-0 UMBC run helped the Retrievers close out the set and the match, 25-23.
UMBC displayed its stout defense out blocking Binghamton 10-7 to limit the Bearcats to a .174 attack percentage. The league’s best hitting unit registered 69 terminations on a .275 clip. Binghamton was solid in the service game connecting on five aces while holding UMBC to just one.
The Bearcats continue their weekend road trip traveling to Long Island for a meeting with Stony Brook on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.