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Volleyball Defeated In Final Two Matches Of Colgate Classic
Bearcats fall in four to Colgate; dropped in straight sets by Central Connecticut St.
August 31, 2013Tweet
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COLGATE 3, BINGHAMTON 1
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team dropped its final match at the Colgate Classic to the host Raiders in four sets, Saturday evening at Cotterell Court. Binghamton captured the first set 26-24 before dropping the next three 25-21, 25-20 and 25-11. The Bearcats record fell to 0-3 on the season after their most competitive match of the season-opening tournament.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Hovie led the Bearcats with a match-high 15 kills, while senior captain Grace Vickers contributed 11 terminations and a team-high .320 hitting clip. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann put up a double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz collected a team-best 17 digs for the Bearcats.
Binghamton, determined to display its efficiency, battled Colgate early in the first set before opening 12-7 lead thanks to kills from Hovie and Megan Burgess. The Bearcats maintained their lead behind three terminations from Vickers, but a 4-0 run by the Raiders evened the set at 20. Unwavering, Binghamton continued to fight coupling a Hovie kill with a Vickers ace to take the first set 26-24. Hovie finished the stanza with a team-high four kills to help hand Colgate its first dropped set of the tournament (two games).
In the second set, the defending Patriot League champions raced out to a 7-3 advantage. The Bearcats responded however, with a 5-1 run to even the frame at eight following an Allison Hovie kill. After a Vickers ace Binghamton took its first lead in the stanza,11-10, but Colgate regained the lead late in the game. With the set tied at 21, the Raiders closed the frame on a 4-0 run to even the match at one game apiece. The back-and-forth set witnessed nine ties and four lead changes.
Colgate again jumped on Binghamton, opening a 10-3 lead early in the third set. The Bearcats, displaying their resiliency, trimmed the deficit to three after a 5-1 run capped by kills from Vickers and Hovie. Thanks to a potent offense, Colgate extended its lead back to seven before easing to a 25-20 third-set victory.
The fourth set witnessed Binghamton quickly fall behind 16-2 as the Colgate offense continued to out power the Bearcats defense. In the wake of the large deficit, Binghamton was never able to get on track as the Raiders held the Bearcats to a negative hitting percentage and cruised to a 25-11 win and the four-set victory.
Binghamton hit .130 for the match, committing 28 errors while Colgate connected on 27 percent of its attacks. The Bearcats had seven service aces and nine and a half blocks in their best outing of the three-match tournament.
Colgate holds a 10-9 advantage over Binghamton in the all-time series which dates back to the 1970’s.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT ST. 3, BINGHAMTON 0
HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball program suffered a straight set defeat to Central Connecticut State in day two of the Colgate Classic, Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court. The Bearcats (0-2) fell 25-18, 25-23 and 25-12 to the Blue Devils (1-2), who now own a 4-1 series record over Binghamton.
Binghamton displayed a balanced offense with four different players recording at least five kills led by junior Kristin Hovie’s seven. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann distributed 19 assists to go along with her five kills. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz collected a team-high 12 digs for the Bearcats.
The first set was a seesaw battle early, but a 4-1 run by Central opened a 10-5 cushion for the Blue Devils. Binghamton pulled within one following a Hovie kill, but Central countered with 4-0 spurt to take a 15-10 advantage. The Bearcats were unable to get any closer than two, dropping the first set 25-18. Hovie led Binghamton with three kills in the frame.
Binghamton took a 6-4 lead early in the second set thanks to a dump by Dettmann. The Bearcats maintained the advantage throughout most of the second set by virtue of four Blue Devil service errors. However, Central was able to battle back and even the frame at 18. Binghamton regained the lead thanks to a pair of kills by Dettmann, but the Blue Devils did not go away easily winning three of the final four points to take the set 25-23.
Down two games, the Bearcats struggled in the third as Central jumped out to an 11-3 lead and never looked back. The Blue Devils hit a staggering .643 during the stanza with a match-high 18 kills. The Bearcats were unable to execute offensively totaling a .167 hitting clip.
The Blue Devils connected on 11 service aces compared to the Bearcats’ two. Binghamton was limited to a .135 hitting percentage while its second straight opponent hit over .300 as Central hit at a .367 rate. Defensively, Binghamton picked up seven total blocks opposed to Central’s three.
Binghamton heads south to Raleigh, North Carolina next weekend as they prepare for the North Carolina State Midtown Courtyard Classic. While in Raleigh the Bearcats will face a pair of teams ranked in the top-75 of the NCAA RPI in North Carolina State and Towson as well as Appalachian St. Host North Carolina State will be Binghamton’s second opponent in as many weeks who reached the 2012 NCAA Championship.