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Volleyball completes clean sweep of Hartford
Bearcats register .350 hitting clip Friday evening against Hawks
November 2, 2012Tweet
Vestal, N.Y.—For the second time this season, Binghamton (10-16, 7-3 AE) swept the Hartford Hawks (8-17, 2-7 AE) in straight sets ( 25-18, 25-18, 25-16), this time in front of their home crowd at the West Gym. Sophomore Kristin Hovie led the way for BU racking up 13 terminations as the Bearcats increased their season-high win streak to three games (dating back to Oct. 26).
“We have played really well all year at home this season,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said afterwards. “The success we had tonight in the middle really opened things up for our outside hitters who have really produced for us down the stretch.”
In the first set, both teams traded points early on. With the score knotted at six, Hartford generated a quick 4-0 run, thanks to a pair of kills from Kami Nethersole. Just minutes later, BU worked its way back to level footing at 12 on the strength of two Hovie kills. Later in the set, Binghamton started to distance themselves, corralling a 7-2 run that was capped off by a dump shot from sophomore Amanda Dettmann. Once again, Dettmann registered the set winner off the assist from senior Iva Partaleva, putting the hosts up a set by the score of 25-18.
In the following stanza, junior middle hitter Grace Vickers’ termination propelled Binghamton to a quick 5-1 lead. The Hawks didn’t back down, putting up a 7-1 run of their own to take a one-point lead. A pair of kills from Hovie and Partaleva, coupled with a service ace from freshman Alexandra Warner gave the home squad a five-point cushion,17-12, and forced the visitors from West Hartford to use one of their timeouts. The timeout didn’t provide any spark for the Hawks, as Binghamton closed out the second set with an identical score of 25-18.
Determined to prolong the match, Hartford caught BU off guard early, claiming six of the first 10 points. Although, they wouldn’t hold the lead long as a block assist from the duo of sophomore Alexa Zbytniewski and senior Alex Roland sent Hartford down a point, 7-6. A few points later, it was Hovie and Vickers who denied the Hawks at the net, giving BU the 11-8 lead. With the score in favor of the Bearcats, 14-12, BU shot ahead powered by three straight kills from the trio of Dettmann, Partaleva and Roland. Now at 21-14, it was Hovie who answered the call. The sophomore from Neenah, Wisconsin connected on a pair of kills off two Dettmann assists, and moments later, she finished things off with a termination that gave the Bearcats their fifth sweep of the season.
The Bearcats outhit the Hawks .350 to .147 and in the process picked up nine blocks as a team. Both Vickers and Roland had strong nights in the middle, picking up a combined 14 kills and 4 blocks. Dettmann picked up her third straight double-double with a 32-assist, 11-dig performance Friday evening. The Bearcats also got a strong performance out of sophomore Alexa Zbtniewski, who picked up four digs, two kills and a pair of block assists in her first career start.
“Our blocking came through for us towards the end of the match,” Kiriyama said. “Our defense picked up and I thought we looked strong in all facets of the game tonight.”
Binghamton turns its attention now to Sunday afternoon (5 p.m.) when they host league leaders Albany. Having lost Friday evening, the Great Danes hold a slim one game lead over the Bearcats. BU will honor three of its seniors (Alex Roland, Jordan Suhr and Iva Partaleva) with a ceremony before game time.