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Volleyball succumbs to Albany attack, falls in three sets
BU drops to 2-5 in the America East
October 23, 2011
Contact: Terrence Lollie (email@example.com)
ALBANY, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team fell in straight sets to Albany, Sunday evening in America East action from University Gymansium. The Bearcats (10-15, 2-5 AE) lost 25-16, 25-17, 25-15 to the first-place Great Danes (13-8, 6-1 AE) as both teams began the second-half of their conference schedules. The defeat is the second straight America East loss for the Bearcats after knocking-off first-place New Hampshire last Friday.
“Albany is a solid team all-around and they displayed that today,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We weren’t very good defensively and they’re offense was difficult to stop. Offensively, we had trouble passing the ball, but I thought Kristin (Hovie) had nice match. We obviously still have some things to improve upon so we will go home and get back to work.”
Albany got off to a fast start quickly taking a 9-3 lead early in the first set. Binghamton worked to chip away at the six-point advantage, receiving three kills from freshman Annelot Nieuwenhuis. A pair of Amanda Dettmann aces forced an Albany time out and trimmed the Great Dane lead to one, 14-13. Following the time out Albany went on an 11-3 run to close out the frame, taking the first set 25-16. Though the Bearcats accumulated a solid hitting percentage of .265 during the stanza, a potent Great Dane offense outperformed BU in that category tallying a plus-.300 hitting clip.
The second set witnessed even play from both teams as an Albany service error knotted the frame at nine. Binghamton hitters Grace Vickers and Kristin Hovie each put down a pair of terminations to help keep the Bearcats in the set. A Vickers kill cut a small Albany lead to two, 14-12. The Great Danes scored three straight points however, pushing their lead to five 17-12. Similar to the first set, following a time out Albany went on a 6-1 run, to take a commanding 23-13 advantage. Kills by Vickers and Hovie helped the Bearcats elongate the frame, but it wasn’t enough as Albany took the second set 25-17.
Binghamton looked good early in the third set utilizing a 7-2 run to take an 8-5 advantage. Albany came right back with four straight points however, to take a slim one-point lead. The Great Danes continued the press a limited Bearcats lineup, still missing Iva Partaleva and Jordan Snapp to injuries, extending their lead to six, 14-8, on a BU attack error. A kill by Grace Vickers trimmed the lead to five, 16-11, but that would be as close as Binghamton would get dropping the final frame 25-15.
Kristin Hovie and Annelot Nieuwenhuis each had nine kills for the Bearcats. Grace Vickers and Alex Roland each talled seven terminations as the four-headed attack for BU was limited to just 35 total kills on the day. Freshman setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 29 assists and picked up 8 digs.
BU assembled a solid hitting percentage of .198, frequently showing signs of a effective offense, but an undermanned defense was unable to deny the Albany attack. The Great Danes put down 47 terminations on their way to a .352 hitting clip.
Binghamton returns to the court next Friday, Oct. 28 as they host Stony Brook at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Following this week’s action Binghamton now has four players with at least 200 kills, Roland (215), Hovie (215), Vickers (209) and Partaleva (208). BU is the only team in the America East with a quartet of players totaling over 200 kills. Xiomara Ortiz has eclipsed the 400-dig mark for the second straight season and is the first BU player to do so since Jaclyn Strader in 2006-07.