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Volleyball Dismantles Hartford In Straight Sets
Senior captain Grace Vickers records a match-high 11 kills
November 8, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior Grace Vickers catapulted the Binghamton volleyball team with nine of her match-high 11 kills in the opening frame to a straight set sweep of Hartford, Friday night in an America East match from West Gym. The Bearcats (7-18, 5-6 AE) controlled the visiting Hawks (10-17, 4-7 AE) throughout the match cruising to the 25-19, 25-23 and 25-9 victory. Binghamton has little time to celebrate or rest however, as the Bearcats turn right around to play Providence tomorrow afternoon.
“We performed well tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “I thought our blocking was exceptional…we got our hands on just about everything. We executed in our service game, which was nice to see and a big difference from the last time we played (Hartford). Grace was pretty dominant in the first set and it paved the way for the rest of our hitters.”
Adding to the Binghamton offensive output were sisters Kristin and Allison Hovie, who recorded nine and eight kills, respectively. The tandem each took turns carrying the load when Hartford focused on stopping Vickers. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann orchestrated the offense to the tune of 33 assists, adding seven digs and four block assists. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz collected a match-high 16 digs to lead the Binghamton defense.
In the first set five terminations by Vickers handed Binghamton a slim 12-11 advantage. The Bearcats ratcheted up its defense as a block assist from Shannon Kirkpatrick and Megan Burgess pushed Binghamton’s lead to three. A sixth Vickers kill in the set handed the Bearcats its largest lead of the frame, 19-15, and forced a Hartford timeout. Binghamton continued to ride the hot right arm of its captain as back-to-back kills extended the Bearcats’ lead to six. An Allison Hovie kill and a .294 hitting percentage aided Binghamton’s 25-19 opening-set victory.
Hartford tested Binghamton throughout the second set, jumping out to an 8-5 advantage. Kristin Hovie fired a kill down the line to keep Binghamton within striking distance as the Hawks grasped to a one-point lead. A pair of Allison Hovie terminations leveled the frame twice before a 5-1 run handed the Bearcats a 23-21 advantage. Kristin Hovie connected on three kills during the spurt while a termination by her sister ended the set, 25-23. The elder Hovie, Kristin, registered seven kills during the frame.
Binghamton controlled the third set from the start as a Dettmann ace gave the Bearcats an 8-5 lead. Back-to-back terminations from Bugress extended Binghamton’s lead to five and forced a Hartford timeout. The Bearcats continued to execute in the service game as aces from Allison Hovie and Ortiz pushed Binghamton’s margin to nine, 16-7. The Bearcats closed the set on a 5-0 run bookended by Bailey Walker aces to capture the final frame and match, 25-9.
The Bearcats compiled a .283 attack percentage while limiting the Hawks to just a .067 clip. Binghamton was dominant at the net recording nine total blocks compared to three by Hartford. The Hawks registered more attack attempts (105), but committed 24 errors opposed to 31 kills. Binghamton was extremely efficient however, knocking down 39 kills on 99 attempts with just 11 errors.
Binghamton returns to its home floor less than 24 hours after the completion of its match with Hartford as the Bearcats welcome Providence to West Gym Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. first serve. It is the final home match of the season for Binghamton and the program will honor its three graduating seniors, Meghan Kraus, Xiomara Ortiz and Grace Vickers prior to the start.