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Cornell Rallies To Defeat Volleyball In Five Sets
Bearcats (6-15, 3-2 AE) drop first match to Big Red since 2005
October 9, 2012
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ITHACA, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team fell to Cornell on the road in five sets, Friday evening at Newman Arena. The Bearcats (6-15, 3-2 AE) led two sets to one, but could not hold off the Big Red (5-11) dropping the match 25-16, 18-25, 25-20, 22-25 and 16-18. The win marked Cornell’s first over Binghamton since 2005. With the defeat the Bearcats fell to 1-6 in five set matches this season.
“I didn’t think we ever really got into the match tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama. “We fought hard and I thought it was good to push them to five, but we didn’t get the key points when we needed them. Offensively, we just couldn’t get anything going and defensively we weren’t able to get to enough balls. I hope we just take something away from this and use it to motivate us for Friday night.”
The Bearcats had three players’ record double-digit kills, but it wasn’t enough as BU had its worst hitting performance in eight matches. Sophomore Kristin Hovie led Binghamton with 16 kills, while Grace Vickers and Iva Partaleva had 12 each. Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann posted a double-double with 43 assists and 14 kills. Junior libero Xiomara Ortiz had a stellar night on the backline with a career–high 32 digs.
Binghamton raced out to a 6-2 lead early in the first set thanks to a dump by Dettmann and kills by Alex Roland and Megan Burgess. Cornell did not back down however, working to even the score at 10. From there it was all Bearcats, as BU went on a 6-0 run capped by a Hovie termination. The Big Red briefly stopped the bleeding before a 7-3 Bearcat run extended Binghamton’s lead to 10, forcing a Cornell timeout. Following the break a Roland kill ended the set 25-16 in favor of the Bearcats.
After dropping the second set 25-16, Binghamton took a slim 5-4 advantage early in the third on a Dettmann service ace. The two teams battled back and forth until a 4-0 service run handed the Bearcats a 12-8 lead. Following a Cornell timeout, the Big Red countered with a 4-0 run of their own to even the frame at 12. With the two teams trading jabs, Binghamton eventually broke free with a 4-0 run to take a 22-18 advantage. The spurt was ignited by a block assist from Roland and Burgess. The Bearcats finally ended the frame on a Vickers kill, 25-20.
Cornell took the fourth set 25-22 pushing the match to a deciding fifth frame. In the stanza neither team was able to gain any breathing room as the set was tied six times in the early going. Binghamton held an 8-7 advantage at the switch thanks to a Burgess kill. A solo block by Vickers maintained BU’s slim one-point edge, but Cornell continued to fight back. The Bearcats held three match points, but were unable to convert as the Big Red took the final frame 18-16.
Cornell out hit Binghamton .206 to .194, connecting on 62 terminations compared to BU’s 58. Each team recorded nine blocks, while Binghamton registered a season-high 82 digs.
After three consecutive road matches the Bearcats briefly return home to welcome Stony Brook to West Gym for Homecoming Weekend, Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.