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Volleyball Falls In Final Matches of Golden Flashes Classic

Three Bearcats register double-digit kills; Vickers named to all-tournament team

September 21, 2013

Volleyball Falls In Final Matches of Golden Flashes Classic

Junior setter Amanda Dettmann

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KENT, Ohio – In its final match at the Golden Flashes Classic the Binghamton volleyball team fell to Eastern Illinois in four sets, Saturday afternoon at the MAC Center. The Bearcats (2-11) captured the first set 25-23, but dropped the next three 25-16, 25-18, and 25-20 to the Panthers, who improved to 6-7 on the season. The Bearcats were defeated in all three matches during the two-day tournament.

“We fought hard throughout the match,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We played a lot better and started to find a rhythm out there.  Our defense was much better and Xiomara did a good job of getting us where we needed to be. Grace was hard to stop and she helped our offense get jump-started. Now we begin to focus on league play next weekend.”

Binghamton registered three players with double-digit kills led by senior captain Grace Vickers’ 13. Sisters Kristin and Allison Hovie each recorded 10 terminations while combining for 13 digs. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 42 assists and senior libero Xiomara Ortiz tallied a match-high 19 digs. Sophomore Megan Burgess had a solid outing with 9 kills and 6 digs to go along with a .368 hitting clip.

In the first-ever meeting between the two programs, Eastern Illinois took the early advantage following a 6-1 run, that gave the Panthers a 12-7 lead. Binghamton began to chip away at the five-point deficit as a pair of kills from Vickers and Kristin Hovie kept the Bearcats within reach. Down 20-15, Binghamton found its offense going on a 5-0 run ignited by kills from Dettmann, Burgess and Kristin Hovie, to level the frame at 20. The Panthers scored the next two points, but the Bearcats closed the set on a 5-0 run sparked by two Burgess terminations and capped with a fourth Kristin Hovie kill. Binghamton hit a match-high .273 during the frame while recording 19 kills to take the first set 25-23.

Following Eastern Illinois’ 25-16 second-set victory to even the match at one game apiece, Binghamton continued to battle in the third after falling behind 13-7. A 4-0 Burgess service-run helped the Bearcats slice the Panthers’ lead to just one, 14-13. However, that was as close as Binghamton would get, as Eastern Illinois held the Bearcats to a .088 hitting clip. The Panthers hit over 40 percent for the second straight set and committed just three attack errors to capture the third frame 25-18.

Binghamton raced out to a 7-2 lead in the fourth set thanks to four kills from Vickers. However, Eastern Illinois countered with a devastating 10-1 run to take a 12-8 lead midway through the frame. Binghamton kept fighting as a kill by Burgess brought the Bearcats within two. The Panthers stretched their lead back to four, but an Allison Hovie kill again pulled the Bearcats within two. Eastern Illinois went on to score four of the next five points however, completing the four-set victory 25-20.

Binghamton was out hit .331-.187, while Eastern Illinois displayed its prowess at the net with 11 blocks. The Bearcats compiled four total blocks led by Shannon Kirkpatrick’s three block assists.

Kiriyama, who has a connection with Easter Illinois, spent the four years prior to arriving at Binghamton as the top assistant for the Panthers.

The Bearcats will have a week to prepare for their America East opener at Albany on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. from University Gym. The meeting between the two will be a rematch of the 2012 title game. 


KENT, Ohio – The Binghamton volleyball team fell to Illinois-Chicago in straight sets at the Golden Flashes Classic, Saturday morning from the MAC Center. The Bearcats (2-10) were defeated 25-22, 25-19, and 25-15 in their second match of the two-day tournament. Illinois-Chicago (5-8) now holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series between the two schools.

Senior captain Grace Vickers led the Bearcats with nine kills and a .500 hitting clip. Freshman Allison Hovie added eight kills and four digs. Junior Amanda Dettmann dished out 30 assists, while contributing six digs. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz recorded a team-high 17 digs.

Binghamton started strong in a back-and-forth first set that witnessed eight ties and three lead changes. With the frame even at 13, a pair of Binghamton miscues gave Illinois-Chicago some breathing room. Kills by Vickers and Dettmann kept the Bearcats within striking distance, but five blocks by the Flames maintained their cushion. Following terminations by Shannon Kirkpatrick and Allison Hovie, Binghamton cut the deficit to one, 22-21, forcing an Illinois-Chicago timeout. However, the Flames took three of the final four points to capture the opening frame 25-22. Nine attack errors by the Bearcats aided the Flames 1-0 advantage.

Following five ties early in the set, a Kristin Hovie kill handed Binghamton a 6-5 lead. The Bearcats continued to press the Flames as a block by Kirkpatrick and Megan Burgess helped Binghamton open a 9-6 advantage. However, Illinois-Chicago countered with a 6-3 run to take its first lead of the set. An Allison Hovie kill kept the advantage at one, 17-16, but a 4-1 run by the Flames pushed the lead to four. Vickers attempted to keep Binghamton in the set with a solo block and a kill, but it wasn’t enough as Illinois-Chicago went up 2-0 with a 25-19 second-set victory. Binghamton tallied 10 attack errors in the second set.

In the third set, Illinois-Chicago carried its momentum from the first two sets going on a 6-0 run following an Allison Hovie kill that leveled the set at four. A Burgess kill brought Binghamton within four, but the Flames continued to press the Bearcats with a 6-1 run to open an 18-9 advantage. Binghamton limited its attack errors in the third set hitting a match-best .182, but dropped the frame 25-15. Allison Hovie registered four kills in the frame for Binghamton.

Binghamton registered four more attack attempts (98-94), but its 22 errors hindered the extra scoring opportunities. The Bearcats were out hit .298-.122, but the Illinois-Chicago defense was stout tallying nine total blocks compared to Binghamton’s five. The backline was more consistent for the Bearcats, leading the dig battle 41-35.


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