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Volleyball Rallies To Beat Providence in Five Sets

Bearcats win the final three sets paced by 22 Partaleva kills

October 25, 2012


Volleyball Rallies To Beat Providence in Five Sets

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

Providence, RI—The Bearcats (9-16, 6-3 AE) battled back after falling behind two sets to none to improve to 6-3 in conference play with a five-set victory (17-25, 20-25, 25-13, 25-16, 15-12) over Providence (1-26, 0-9 AE) Sunday afternoon at Alumni Hall. After a career-high 23 kills on Friday night versus UNH, senior outside hitter Iva Partaleva continued her stellar play, leading BU with a team-high 22 kills.

Joining Partaleva in double digits was sophomore Kristin Hovie, who notched 11 terminations on the afternoon. Fellow sophomore Amanda Dettmann was strong from the setter position, tallying a match-high 41 assists. Dettmann also corralled 10 digs and seven kills to help BU improve to 4-1 in their last five America East match ups.

The Friars, who are winless in conference play, started the match strong jumping ahead 25-17 and 25-20 in the first two opening stanzas. Binghamton was held to a hitting percentage of just .026 in the first set and fell into a deeper hole after the Friars connected on a match-high 16 kills in the second set.

After intermission, with their backs against the wall, Binghamton came out with a stronger sense of urgency. The Bearcats took the third and fourth set in quick and impressive fashion winning 25-13 and 25-16, holding Providence to a negative hitting percentage during both sets.

For the 10th time this season, BU had worked its way to a fifth and final set. After five ties and four lead changes, Binghamton put the match away with a 15-12 triumph.

BU was stronger defensively on the afternoon, beating Providence in digs (81-73), blocks (11-9) and holding them to a .089 hitting clip. Junior libero Xiomara Ortiz was strong in the middle picking up 30 digs on the afternoon as three others joined her in double digits.

Binghamton returns home for their next two matches beginning on Friday when they host Hartford. On Sunday, they will host conference-leaders Albany who stands at 7-1 and defeated the Bearcats in straight sets back on October 5.

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