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Volleyball takes down Providence in four sets

Bearcats earn first America East victory of the season

October 9, 2011


Volleyball takes down Providence in four sets

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team snapped a three-match losing streak with a win over Providence College, Sunday afternoon in America East action at West Gym. The Bearcats (9-12, 1-3 AE) defeated the Friars (6-15, 1-3 AE) in four sets, 25-19, 22-25, 25-12, 25-22, to earn their first conference victory. BU continued their dominant play against Providence, pushing their win streak over the Friars to four.

“We knew going into the match this was an important game, so it’s good to get the win,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “I thought our defense played very well today and our serving really helped us out. We made some smart decisions today and we’re continuing to improve, which is always a good thing.”

With sophomore Grace Vickers back in the lineup, after missing the past two matches with an ankle injury, the Bearcats returned to form. Vickers ignited BU to the tune of 17 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. The 17 kills tied a career high for Vickers, which she registered two week ago at Cornell.

In the early going of the first set both teams were feeling each other out, as a kill Vickers gave BU a slim 6-5 lead. Providence kept the set close thanks to errors by the Bearcats, eventually knotting up the frame at 10. Binghamton began to pull away after a kill by junior Alex Roland gave BU a 17-13 advantage. The Friars attempted to chip away at the BU lead, cutting the deficit to three 21-18, but Vickers put down a pair of terminations to end the frame 25-19.

Binghamton seemed to have control of the second set forcing Providence to use their second time out of the stanza late in the frame. The break in play worked as the Friars went on a 6-0 run to take a 23-22 lead. BU was unable to gain back the momentum as a service error coupled with a Providence ace completed the set 25-22 in favor of the Friars.

Heading into the third set with the match tied a one, the Bearcats got off to quick start taking a 10-3 advantage. Freshman Emily Litwin held the serve for seven straight points allowing the cushion to grow. BU continued to pour it on as a pair of Amanda Dettmann service aces made the count 16-7.  Binghamton closed out the frame 25-12 in part to a couple of late Annelot Nieuwenhuis kills. A stout Bearcats defense held the Friars to a negative hitting percentage for the set.

The Bearcats completed the four-set win after a hotly contested final set. A rare service ace by freshman Kristin Hovie gave BU a 10-7 lead. Providence continued to stay within striking distance, trimming Binghamton’s lead to one several times. Kiriyama’s young team displayed their poise however, receiving back-to-back kills from Hovie and Nieuwenhuis to push the lead back to four 22-18. The Friars again sliced the lead to two, but a kill from senior Julie Chambers ended the match and Providence’s chances of a comeback.

Freshman setter Amanda Dettmann had the BU offense running on all cylinders, quarterbacking the unit to a .259 hitting percentage and handing out 47 assists. Dettmann contributed to the solid hitting clip with eight kills of her own, as well as nine digs. Dettmann helped four Bearcats reach double-digit kills for the fifth time this season.

Joining Vickers with steady offensive performances were Hovie, Roland and Nieuwenhuis. Hovie put down 12 terminations while Roland tallied ten of her own. Nieuwenhuis set a career-high with ten kills as she filled in for an injured Iva Partaleva. Sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz recorded a match-high 20 digs for the Bearcats, hitting the 20-dig mark for the sixth time this season.

BU out hit Providence .259 to .154, easily winning the kill battle 61-39. The Binghamton front line combined for eight total blocks with five different Bearcats recording at least one.

Binghamton will prepare for another set of conference matches on the road as they head to New Hampshire and Hartford next week. BU will face-off with the Wildcats on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. then travel to Hartford on Sunday, Oct. 16 for a match-up with the Hawks at 2 p.m.

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