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Volleyball Drops A Pair Of Matches At NC State Classic

Senior captain Grace Vickers named to the all-tournament team

September 7, 2013


Volleyball Drops A Pair Of Matches At NC State Classic

Senior Middle Grace Vickers

NC State Box Score

Appalachian State Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

APPALACHIAN ST. 3, BINGHAMTON 0

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Binghamton volleyball team fell to Appalachian State in straight sets to conclude its play at the North Carolina State Midtown Courtyard Classic, Saturday evening at Reynolds Coliseum. The Bearcats, who dropped to 0-6 to start the season, were defeated 25-16, 25-18 and 25-15 by the Mountaineers. Binghamton is now 0-2 all-time against Appalachian St.

“It was a tough weekend for us overall,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Grace (Vickers) and Xiomara (Ortiz) were two bright spots. They played hard all weekend and were all over the floor. We are battling a few injuries here and there which hurts our depth, but we are continuing to work hard. We look forward to getting back on the court next weekend and getting better.”

Senior middle Grace Vickers had a team-high eight kills for the Bearcats while sophomore Megan Burgess and freshman Allison Hovie recorded six each. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 21 assists and senior libero Xiomara Ortiz collected a team-best 16 digs.

In the first set, a Shannon Kirkpatrick kill evened the score at five, but a 7-1 run by Appalachian St. handed the Mountaineers a 12-6 advantage. Binghamton trimmed the deficit to three following a pair of kills by Vickers. However, the Bearcats struggled to find a rhythm offensively as the Mountaineers extended its lead to eight, forcing a Binghamton time out. Appalachian St. closed the set on an 8-1 run to take a 1-0 lead, 25-16. The Bearcats connected on just eight kills while committing eight attack errors during the frame.

Appalachian St. carried its momentum from the first set into the second racing out to a 14-7 lead. Binghamton valiantly tried to battle back, but a match-best .452 hitting percentage by the Mountaineers kept the Bearcats at bay. Binghamton compiled its best hitting clip of the match (.231) during the set, but it wasn’t enough as Appalachian took the stanza 25-18.

The final set witnessed the Appalachian St. defense hold Binghamton to a negative hitting percentage. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 12-5 lead and never looked back. A brief spurt by the Bearcats, featuring a pair of Hovie kills, pulled Binghamton with three. However, Appalachian St. connected on 10 terminations while committing just one attack error to take the final frame 25-15.

Binghamton hit .051 for the match putting down just 28 kills compared to 23 attack errors. Appalachian St. was much more efficient hitting at a .340 clip with 41 kills and just eight errors. 

Grace Vickers was named to the all-tournament team after leading Binghamton with 2.64 kills per set and a .195 hitting percentage. The 2012 America East Championship Most Outstanding Player also added six total blocks and four service aces.

Binghamton is off to its worst start in program history, eclipsing the 0-5 start of the 2002 and 2011 teams. Last season, the Bearcats lost six matches in a row and eventually went on to win the America East title. Binghamton’s longest losing streak in school history is eight, which happened in 2007.

Binghamton returns to the Columbia Invitational next weekend in Manhattan for the two-day tournament, a site where they also competed in 2011. The Bearcats open the tournament against Fordham on Friday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. before rounding out play the next day versus Boston College and host Columbia.

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NC STATE 3, BINGHAMTON 0

RALEIGH, N.C. – Host North Carolina State overpowered the Binghamton volleyball team defeating the Bearcats in straight sets, Friday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack (5-0) has yet to drop a set all season and continued that trend against the Bearcats (0-5) winning 25-19, 25-7 and 25-22. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

“NC State has some good hitters that were tough to stop,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “I thought our defense did a good job of battling. We just made too many mistakes. They were pretty efficient offensively which made it difficult for us to get anything going. Grace (Vickers) and Allison (Hovie) played well for us, but it’s going to take a little time to get everyone on the same page.”

Senior captain Grace Vickers led the Bearcats with eight kills with a pair of service aces and blocks. Freshman Allison Hovie chipped in seven kills and five digs. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann dished out 19 assists while senior libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up a team-high 12 digs.

Binghamton started the match hot as a 4-0 service run by Hovie handed the Bearcats an early 6-2 lead. A Dettmann service ace helped Binghamton maintain its cushion midway through the set, but a devastating 11-3 run regained the lead for NC State, 17-13. Binghamton continued to battle the ACC member, pulling within one following kills by Dettmann and Vickers. The Wolfpack showed their teeth however, responding with a 6-1 spurt to take the first set 25-19.

After dropping the second set 25-7, Binghamton again took the early lead on NC State in the third set. A Vickers termination put the Bearcats in front 6-4, but the lead was short-lived as the Wolfpack evened the frame at eight. Binghamton reestablished its lead following a 4-0 service run by sophomore middle Megan Burgess. After a pair of Hovie kills Binghamton extended its margin to three, 20-17, late in the set. However, NC State turned up the heat closing the stanza on an 8-2 run to take the set, 25-22, and the straight-set victory. 

A stingy NC State defense limited Binghamton to just 25 kills and its worst hitting percentage of the season (.093). The Wolfpack displayed their offense prowess with 47 terminations on a .337 hitting clip. Binghamton was out blocked by NC State eight to three.

In her first collegiate start freshman Kelly Leach recorded five kills and five digs.

Since elevating to the Division I level in 2001, Binghamton is 7-34 against major conference opponents.

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