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Volleyball Falls In Four Sets To Visiting New Hampshire
Senior hitter Iva Partaleva led the Bearcats (5-13, 2-1 AE) with a match-high 18 kills
September 30, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team fell in four sets to visiting New Hampshire, Sunday afternoon in an America East matchup. The Bearcats (5-13, 2-1 AE) and Wildcats (11-8, 3-0 AE) battled for first place with New Hampshire prevailing 28-26, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-21. The loss snaps a three-match win streak for the Bearcats.
“Offensively, I thought we played well today,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “However, defensively we didn’t play as sound as we could have. We hung in the match… it was tight the entire way and could have swung either way. But I think there are still some things we need to work on and today showed that. ”
Senior hitter Iva Partaleva led the way for the Bearcats with a match-high 18 kills, while sophomore Kristin Hovie and senior Alex Roland chipped in 15 and 10 terminations, respectively. Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann registered her ninth 40-plus assist effort of the season, handing out 49 helpers while picking up 18 digs. Junior libero Xiomara Ortiz had a team-high 23 digs for the Bearcats.
In a very competitive opening set a Hovie kill gave Binghamton a brief 7-4 lead, but multiple service errors hurt the Bearcats as New Hampshire worked to even the set at 10. The two teams battled back and forth with the stanza being tied fifteen times down the stretch. A kill by Partaleva handed the Bearcats set point, 24-23, but the Wildcats did not go away evening the frame once again following a time out. A pair of Binghamton errors aided New Hampshire’s first set victory, 28-26.
After quickly falling behind in the second set, the Bearcats utilized a 4-0 run to get back in the frame. Roland and freshman Megan Burgess combined for a block assist which ignited the run that pulled Binghamton within three, 12-9. New Hampshire extended its lead back to five before consecutive Binghamton kills trimmed the lead to 18-15. Two straight Partaleva kills tied the set at 23, but the Bearcats were unable to overcome a strong Wildcat attack falling 25-23.
Binghamton came out scorching in the third set determined not to go down without a fight. The Bearcats roared out to a 6-1 lead thanks to pair of kills by Burgess. Binghamton maintained its cushion until a 5-1 spurt by New Hampshire evened the frame at 11. Hovie gave the Bearcats a three-point edge with a pair of kills, but the Wildcats again worked to tie the set, this time at 18. However, a 7-3 run capped by a Partaleva termination ended the frame 25-21 and kept BU in the match.
Both teams battled to gain an early edge in the fourth set before a 7-0 UNH run handed the visitors a 14-7 lead. The Bearcats did not back down however, steadily chipping away at the lead. A service ace by Ortiz followed by a Wildcat error brought BU within two. However, that would be as close as the Bearcats would get falling 25-21.
New Hampshire out hit Binghamton .293 to .258, compiling 66 kills compared to BU’s 61. The Bearcats knocked down seven service aces, but only picked up six blocks.
Binghamton hits the road for the first time in conference play when they travel to Albany on Friday, Oct. 5. The Bearcats and SUNY rival Great Danes will serve it up at 7 p.m.