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Volleyball falls to Syracuse in straight sets

Freshman setter Amanda Dettmann recorded a match-high 25 assists

October 19, 2011


Volleyball falls to Syracuse in straight sets

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

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VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team fell to Syracuse 3-0 in their final non-conference match Wednesday evening from West Gym. The Bearcats (10-14) were defeated 25-19, 25-17 and 25-23 by the Orange (14-8) to fall to 1-3 versus BIG EAST opponents in 2011. BU has now dropped 11 straight matches to Syracuse since joining the Division I ranks.

“We knew going in that Syracuse was going to be a tough opponent,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “I thought we played a pretty decent match, but we just made too many errors down the stretch.”

Binghamton fell behind early in the first set due to attack and service errors. Down 5-1, the Bearcats went on a 5-1 run to even the frame at six. Kills by junior middle Alex Roland and freshman hitter Kristin Hovie sparked the BU run. Syracuse regained the lead, but a second kill by Roland trimmed the Orange advantage to one, 11-10. A pair of terminations by freshman hitter Annelot Nieuwenhuis knotted the frame again at 16. From there Syracuse went on a 9-3 run to take the stanza 25-19.

Unlike the first set, Binghamton took the early lead in the second frame. Perfectly timed kills by Hovie and sophomore middle Grace Vickers helped BU race out to a 6-1 advantage. A 5-1 run by Syracuse evened the set at six. The two teams played evenly over the next few points as an ace by senior defensive specialist Julie Chambers tied the set at 11. Syracuse bounced back however, reeling off an 11-4 run forcing a Binghamton time out. The seven-point margin was too much to overcome as the Orange took a two-sets-to-none lead, 25-17.

In the final and most exciting set of the match, Syracuse jumped out to a 13-7 lead forcing an early time out by Binghamton. Displaying their determination the Bearcats kept fighting, not letting the Orange lead swell past six. Freshman Alexa Zbytniewski ignited a BU run by holding serve through four straight points. Two kills from freshman setter Amanda Dettmann sliced the Syracuse lead to two, 21-19. Following an Orange time out Binghamton tied the stanza at 23 on another Dettmann kill. Syracuse took the match’s final two points however, securing the sweep 25-23.

Dettmann led the Bearcats with a match-high 25 assists, chipping in six kills and two block assists. Annelot Nieuwenhuis tallied a team-best eight kills for BU, while three other Bearcats recorded at least six kills of their own. Roland, one of those three to record six kills, had a solid day hitting recording a percentage of .357. Sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up 12 hard-earned digs for Binghamton.

Binghamton begins the second half of their conference schedule on Sunday, Oct. 23 at first-place Albany. First serve is scheduled BU fell to the Great Danes in four sets back on Sept. 25.

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