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Volleyball Drops A Pair Of Five Set Matches At Zips Invite

Bearcats (1-8) were led by senior Iva Partaleva's 37 kills in two matches

September 7, 2012


Volleyball Drops A Pair Of Five Set Matches At Zips Invite

Youngstown State Box Score

Akron Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 2

AKRON, Ohio – The Binghamton volleyball team felt the sting of another five-set loss, falling to host Akron (25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 13-25, 14-16), Friday night at the Zips Invitational. The Bearcats (1-8) were up two-set-to-none and leading 11-6 in the fifth set before a furious comeback by the Zips (3-4). Binghamton returns to the court Saturday at Noon when they face SIU-Edwardsville in its final match of the tournament.

“We put in a good effort after a long day,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said.  “I thought we found hard until the end and it seemed like one play would make the difference, but I guess the ball just didn’t bounce our way. It was good to get off to a good start, but we got out of rhythm and it hurt us down the stretch. Overall, I thought our outsides did a good job but we were unable to control the ball. We just have to keep working.”

Binghamton was led by senior hitter Iva Partaleva, who slammed home a match-high 21 kills on a .357 hitting percentage while chipping in ten digs. Sophomore hitter Kristin Hovie contributed 14 kills to the Bearcat cause. Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann had her second straight 45-plus assist match, handing out 48 helpers and picking up 11 digs.

The first set witnessed seven ties before the Bearcats drew a slight edge on a pair of Hovie kills to take a 13-10 advantage. However, Akron was able to even the frame once again at 15 thanks to a 5-2 run. As the two teams battled down the stretch of the set, Binghamton opened up some breathing room on another Hovie kill and a Megan Burgess service ace. Akron, not going away easily, knotted up the stanza at 22 before the Bearcats went on a 3-0 run to close out the set, 25-22. Binghamton tallied 15 kills in the set.

Binghamton and Akron started off the second set much like the first until a 3-0 Bearcat run gave BU a 15-11 lead. A 6-0 Zip run erased the four-point deficit however, forcing a Binghamton timeout with the Bearcats down 17-16. A Partaleva kill coupled with an Alexa Zbytniewski ace helped the Binghamton regain the lead 20-18. BInghatmon closed out the set on a 5-2 run thanks to a pair of kills by Burgess.

After taking a two-sets-to-none lead the Bearcats faltered in sets three and four, falling 25-19 and 25-13, respectively. In the fifth set Binghamton seemed to be in control following a 7-1 run that put the Bearcats up 11-6. Akron fought back however, going on a 6-1 spurt to even the final frame at 12. The Zips took four of the final six points to edge out Binghatmon, 16-14 in the deciding stanza.

Binghamton, who is 0-4 in five-set matches this season, was held to a .226 hitting clip, while Akron was more accurate connecting on 32 percent of its attempts. The Bearcats were also doubled-up in the blocking category, a phase of the game they typically excel in, 12-6.

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YOUNGSTOWN STATE 3, BINGHAMTON 2

AKRON, Ohio – The Binghamton volleyball team lost a five-set heartbreaker in the opening match of the Zips Invitational, Friday morning. The Bearcats (1-7) fell to Youngstown State (7-2) 25-27, 25-21, 25-20, 18-25 and 13-15 in an extremely tight match throughout. Binghamton plays again tonight at 7 p.m. against host Akron.

“I thought we played very erratic and made a lot of unforced errors at inopportune times,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “If we were able to control the ball a little better it could have been a different outcome. However, we did some good things out there and had some nice performances. Grace was one of them, and from last year to this year she is the one who has improved the most…she works hard and it’s paying off. As far as tonight’s match, we typically do a good job bouncing back after a tough match and we expect to play hard.”

The Bearcats had four players tally at least ten kills and recorded a season-best 11 service aces, but could not hold off the Penguins. Binghamton was led by a tremendous effort from junior Grace Vickers who had a team-high 16 kills and a sparkling .762 hitting percentage. Senior Iva Partaleva also had a team-high 16 kills, while sophomore Kristin Hovie finished with 14 and senior Alex Roland claimed ten terminations. Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann handed out a season-high 49 assists.

Following a 27-25 first-set loss, Binghamton worked hard to even the match at one set apiece as both teams battled back and forth early in the second set. A Hovie kill gave the Bearcats a slim 9-7 advantage, but YSU responded with a 6-0 run to take a 13-9 lead. Binghamton did not go away however, utilizing an Alexa Zbytniewski ace and two Partaleva kills to go on a 5-1 run and knot the frame at 16. Roland led the charge late in the stanza powering two kills past the YSU defense, aiding Binghamton’s 5-1 run to gain a 21-19 advantage. A staunch Binghamton defense coupled with kills by Vickers and Hovie assisted in the Bearcats claiming the second set, 25-21.

The Bearcats were tested in the third set, but took control of the match with a 25-20 third set victory. Binghamton went on an early 6-0 run to take a 13-6 advantage and never looked back. YSU responded with a 5-1 run, but the Bearcats matched that with one of their own following a pair of Partaleva kills to remain in charge, 20-13. A late 6-2 run by the Penguins threatened the Bearcats, but a monster kill by Hovie closed out the frame.

After dropping the fourth set 25-18, Binghamton rallied from a 10-5 deficit to tie the fifth frame at 11. During the 6-1 spurt, Partaleva put away a pair of terminations as a determined defense forced several YSU errors. Coming out of an YSU timeout, the Penguins scored the next two points but the Bearcats fought back. Hovie blasted a kill of an YSU defender and Vickers and freshman Megan Burgess combined for a huge block to even the set once again at 13. However, two mishandled balls by Binghamton allowed Youngstown State to take the final set 15-13.

Binghamton put away a season-high 58 kills, bested by just one by their counterparts. Defensively, the Bearcats were sound denying eight YSU attack attempts and picking up 53 digs.

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