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Volleyball Sweeps UMBC In America East Opener

Bearcats (4-12) record season-best hitting percentage .402 in front of boisterous crowd

September 21, 2012

Volleyball Sweeps UMBC In America East Opener

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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team defeated visiting UMBC in three sets in front of a raucous home crowd, Friday night at West Gym. The Bearcats (4-12, 1-0 AE) won 25-22, 25-18 and 25-12 to overpower the Retrievers (7-11, 0-1 AE) and snap a five-match losing streak versus UMBC. In one of the athletics department’s ‘Code Green’ games the Bearcats did not disappoint their fans, playing increasingly better as the night went on.

“I thought we were very scrappy tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We had some really good ups in the back row. Xiomara (Ortiz) did a nice job of organizing the defense and our line diggers did a great job of getting to balls. We were flying all over the place and there was great energy on the court. It was a great turnout tonight and I think the players really fed off the crowd.”

Binghamton had its best hitting performance of the season, finishing at a .402 clip, led by sophomore Kristin Hovie’s 16 kills and .500 hitting percentage. Senior Alex Roland displayed her ability to finish, pasting 11 terminations on a .526 hitting clip. The Binghamton offense ran seamlessly thanks to sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann’s 41 assists, also chipping in six digs and four kills.

Both teams battled furiously early in the first set as the opening frame was tied nine times until a Roland kill capped a 4-1 Binghamton run to give the Bearcats a 14-11 lead. UMBC fought to stay in the stanza, but a Hovie termination pushed BU’s lead to four, 18-14, forcing a Retriever timeout. UMBC crawled within one down the stretch, but multiple unforced errors derailed their comeback attempt dropping the first set 25-22. 

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Binghamton raced out of the gates in the second frame claiming 8-1 lead thanks to a 7-0 serving run capped by a rare kill from libero Xiomara Ortiz. The Bearcats maintained their lead throughout the set until a 6-1 UMBC run brought the Retrievers within two, 19-17. However, three Hovie kills aided a 6-1 Binghamton run to hold off UMBC and take a two-sets-to-none lead, 25-18. Binghamton finished off 19 kills and used a .485 hitting percentage to claim the two-set advantage.

In the third and final frame, the Bearcats played its best set of the night connecting on 17 kills and committing just two attack errors, while holding UMBC to a negative hitting percentage. Binghamton broke the stanza wide open with a 5-0 run to claim a 20-9 lead. Several Bearcats were in on the action as Roland, Hovie, Dettmann and junior captain Grace Vickers all recorded kills during the scoring spurt. Terminations by Roland and senior hitter Iva Partaleva assisted Binghamton in completing the straight-set victory, 25-12.

Defensively, Ortiz scrambled on multiple occasions to pick up diving digs and keep the ball alive for her hitters, finishing with a match-high 12 digs. Binghamton racked up 51 kills compared to UMBC’s 26 and stifled its conference foe to a .115 hitting percentage. The Bearcats totaled six blocks on the night led by Roland’s three.

Binghamton has a week off before hosting Providence on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. The Bearcats are 4-0 against the Friars since they joined the conference as an associate member in 2010.

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