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Volleyball Earns Split In Final Day Of Boston College Invite

Bearcats sweep Fordham after falling to Siena in five sets

August 25, 2012

Volleyball Earns Split In Final Day Of Boston College Invite

Siena Box Score

Fordham Box Score

CHESNUT HILL, Mass. – The Binghamton volleyball team earned its first victory of the season defeating Fordham in straight sets after falling to Siena in a hard fought five set battle, Saturday afternoon from Power Gym. The Bearcats (1-3) fell to Siena (2-2) 25-22, 20-25, 25-16, 24-26, 15-10 before knocking off Atlantic 10-member Fordham (0-4) 25-21, 26-24, 25-23. 

“I thought we played better today,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “It was nice to win the last match and head home on a good note. There are still several aspects of our game we need to improve on, but the team is working hard and I believe we will use this weekend as a learning experience.”

In Binghamton’s last match of the tournament, the Bearcats used a second straight tantalizing performance by senior hitter Iva Partaleva to defeat Fordham in three sets (25-21, 26-24, 25-23). After delivering 20 kills against Siena, Partaleva hammered home a match-high 17 terminations on a .304 hitting percentage against the Rams, earning All-Tournament recognition.

Binghamton trailed much of the first set before a late run evened the frame at 21. Back-to-back kills from Partaleva coupled with Fordham errors allowed the Bearcats to string together four straight points and take the set, 25-21.

The Bearcats didn’t waste time in the second set racing out to a 7-4 lead. Fordham did not back down however, coming back to take a 12-10 advantage. The second stanza witnessed eight ties as the teams battled back-and-forth with neither team budging. With Binghamton down 24-22, the Bearcats dug deep and scored four straight points to take a two-sets-to-none advantage, 26-24. Partaleva knocked down seven kills during the frame.

In the third and final set, Binghamton jumped out to a 7-3 lead. Fordham kept the match interesting however, fighting back to tie the score at nine. Kills by Partaleva and sophomore Kristin Hovie helped Binghamton push its lead back to four, but Fordham again evened the frame at 18. The score would be tied three more times down the stretch before a kill by junior Grace Vickers handed Binghamton the set and their first victory, 25-23.

Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann had a match-high 32 assists, while adding 11 digs. Junior libero Xiomara Ortiz registered a game-high 25 digs for the Bearcats.

Binghamton continued its solid blocking efforts sending back eight Fordham attack attempts. The service game was an achilles heel for the Bearcats as they committed 14 servicer errors. 

Against Siena the Bearcats ran out of gas in the fifth set falling to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference members 25-22, 20-25, 25-16, 24-26, 15-10. Senior outside hitter Iva Partaleva had a dominant performance registering a double-double with a match-high 20 kills and ten digs, adding four total blocks.

After dropping the first set 25-22, the Bearcats evened the match at one apiece behind seven kills from Partaleva in the second. The Bulgaria native propelled Binghamton to a fast start in the set with a pair of kills and a block assist. Following a 4-0 run by Siena, Binghamton countered with a 4-0 run of their own behind kills from Partaleva and Vickers. Siena threatened with a late 5-0 spurt, but the Bearcats hung on for the second set victory, 25-20.

Binghamton dropped the third set 25-16, but rallied in the fourth to push the match to a fifth and deciding frame.  Trailing for much of the set, Partaleva and Dettmann connected on back-to-back kills to crawl within one of the Saints, 16-15. A stingy Bearcat defense, which tallied 11 total blocks during the match, forced Siena into multiple attack errors aiding a Binghamton 6-0 run to force a set point, 24-22.  The Saints scored the next two points to knot the frame at 24, but back-to-back kills by Hovie gave Binghamton the fourth set, 26-24.

In the fifth set, Binghamton won the first point but it was all Siena from there. The Saints went on a demoralizing 8-0 run to take a commanding 8-1 lead. Siena never looked back taking the deciding frame 15-10.

Vickers and senior middle Alex Roland had solid matches, recording 11 and eight kills, respectively. Roland added a match-high seven total blocks to her stat line. Ortiz chipped in 18 digs, while Dettmann handed out 43 assists.

Binghamton hit at a .119 clip, putting down 53 kills opposed to Siena’s .154 percentage and 58 kills. The Bearcats committed 11 service errors during the five-set match.

Binghamton returns to action next weekend as they travel to College Park, Md. to compete in the Maryland Invitational. The Bearcats will play three matches in two days against the host Terrapins, preseason No. 24 ranked Ohio State and Big East member Seton Hall.

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