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Volleyball Drops A Pair At The Boston College Tournament Friday
Bearcats back in action today against Siena (2 p.m.) and Fordham (5 p.m.)
August 24, 2012Tweet
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Binghamton volleyball team opened the 2012 season with a straight-set loss to tournament host Boston College, Friday afternoon from Power Gym. The Bearcats (0-1) fell 28-26, 25-18, 25-14 to the ACC member. Binghamton takes the court again later this evening when they face Big 12 member Texas Tech at 5 p.m. It will be the first-ever meeting between the Bearcats and Red Raiders.
“We have to play better,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said following the match. “For our first game though, I thought we did some good things out there. We played very hard and our defense was effective at times and we had key contributions from some of the new players. However, we have to execute a lot better than we did this afternoon and there are still a few things we need to work on throughout the tournament.”
Binghamton’s offensive attack was stymied to a .098 hitting percentage by a Boston College defense that registered eight total blocks. None of the Bearcats were able to eclipse a double-digit kill total, as senior Alex Roland led the way with eight.
The Bearcats had a golden opportunity to take the first set, holding set-point twice including a 24-22 advantage. However, the Eagles battled back to even the frame at 24 and eventually took the opening set, 28-26.
Early on in the first set, Binghamton cruised out to a 9-5 lead thanks to a kill by junior Grace Vickers. The Bearcats maintained their first-set lead, until Boston College strung together three straight points to take its first lead at 15-13. The two team battled back-and-forth when Binghamton used a 4-0 run, sparked by an Iva Partaleva kill, to regain a 22-19 advantage. Boston College was able to win five of the next seven points to tie the set at 24.
In the second set the Bearcats, deflated from a heartbreaking first-set loss, quickly fell behind 8-3. An aggressive Binghamton defense caused Boston College to commit attack errors, helping the Bearcats regain their footing. Binghamton was able to climb within three, 15-12, but it was not enough as the Eagles went on a 5-1 run to reclaim control of the frame. The two teams would trade points until Boston College eventually won the set, 25-18.
The final frame witnessed Boston College utilize an early 6-0 run to bust open the set and take complete control of the match. The Eagles closed out the set and the match on a 5-1 run to end the Bearcats’ hopes of a season opening victory.
Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann orchestrated the offense to the tune of a match-high 26 assists, while contributing ten digs. Freshman Megan Burgess had a solid debut picking up five kills, three total blocks and a pair of digs.
Boston College out hit Binghamton .275 to .098, while recording 45 kills compared to the Bearcats’ 33.
BINGHAMTON VS. TEXAS TECH RECAP
The Binghamton volleyball team dropped its second match of the Boston College Tournament to Texas Tech in three sets, Friday evening from Power Gym. The Bearcats (0-2) fell 25-22, 25-18, 25-20 to the Big 12 members in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
“I thought we played much better tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We came out strong in each set, but we just couldn’t get the points when we needed them. Amanda (Dettmann) operated the offense smoothly helping us execute our game plan, but we still broke down at times. We need to continue to improve tomorrow and work hard on our consistency.”
The Bearcats improved their hitting percentage significantly from their first contest of the tournament, led by senior Iva Partaleva’s match-high 13 kills. Binghamton hit at a .207 clip opposed to the .093 earlier in the day. Kiriyama’s squad tallied almost as many kills as Texas Tech (40-39), but committed nine more attack errors (16-7).
Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann eclipsed the 25-assist mark for the second straight match, as she dished out a match-high 29 helpers. However, Texas Tech was able to pick up everything Binghamton was throwing at them recording a 52-41 dig advantage.
A Dettmann service ace trimmed the Texas Tech lead to 10-8 midway through the first set. The Red Raiders continued to pressure the Bearcats however, sneaking attack attempts by the hands of the Binghamton middles. The Bearcats tallied just two total blocks in their second match of the day. Binghamton pulled within one point five times, but never led the frame eventually dropping the hotly contested set 25-22.
In the second set, back-to-back kills by sophomore Kristin Hovie got Binghamton off to a fast start. Texas Tech countered with a 7-0 run however, to take a commanding 7-2 lead early in the frame. The Bearcats did not shy away, going on a 7-0 run themselves behind kills from Partaleva, Dettmann and junior Grace Vickers to regain the lead, 9-7. With the set even at 14, the Red Raiders used a second 7-0 run to take command of the frame and go on to the second-set victory 25-18.
After not winning a stanza all day, the Bearcats were determined to take one from their counterparts. Binghamton battled to stay in the match, evening the frame seven times in the early going, tying the score at eight on a Partaleva kill. However, a 10-5 Texas Tech run forced a Binghamton timeout and trampled all hopes of avoiding their second straight sweep. Binghamton traded jabs with Texas Tech down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough falling 25-20.
The Bearcats wrap up the Boston College Tournament in Chestnut Hill, Mass. tomorrow against Siena (2 p.m.) and Fordham (5 p.m.). Binghamton holds a 16-6 series advantage over Siena, winning the last three meetings, while it will be the first-ever meeting with Fordham.