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Host Kent State Knocks Off Volleyball In Straight Sets
Junior Amanda Dettmann posts double-double with 20 assists and 10 digs
September 19, 2013Tweet
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KENT STATE 3, BINGHAMTON 0
KENT, Ohio – The Binghamton volleyball team dropped its first match of the Golden Flashes Classic falling to host Kent State in straight sets, Friday night from the MAC Center. The Bearcats (2-9) had its brief win streak snapped following the 25-22, 25-15, and 25-19 defeat. Binghamton and Kent State (4-6) are now tied at one apiece in the all-time series.
“We never really got going tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiryama said. “Our offense couldn’t control the ball, which made it difficult to execute. Defensively, we didn’t dig like we usually do and that hindered us. We look forward to getting out there tomorrow and playing much better. ”
Binghamton was led by freshman Allison Hovie, who posted a team-high nine kills while senior captain Grace Vickers added six. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann recorded her second double-double of the season with 20 assists and 10 digs. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz added to her school record with a team-best 11 digs.
The first set witnessed six early ties before an 8-2 run by Kent State broke the set open. Down seven late in the frame the Bearcats began to trim the deficit. A pair of service aces by Ortiz ignited a 5-0 Binghamton run to cut the lead to 23-20. The Bearcats fought off a two set-points thanks to a pair of kills from the arm of Vickers, but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Flash closed out the stanza 25-22. Vickers tallied four kills during the set, while Hovie recorded three terminations.
Kent State controlled the second set throughout its duration racing out to a 9-3 lead and forcing a Binghamton timeout. A pair of Hovie kills kept the Bearcats within striking distance, but a consistent Golden Flash attack extended the lead to 20-10. Terminations by Vickers and Hovie trimmed the deficit back below double-digits, but Kent State was too strong taking the second set 25-15. Binghamton recorded a match-best .143 hitting clip in the frame.
After a battling in the early portions of the set, Kent State went on a 5-0 run to take a 13-4 lead. Kills by Dettmann, Hovie and freshman Kelly Leach pulled the Bearcats within five, but a solid Golden Flash defense helped Kent State push the lead back to nine. Determined to not go away quietly, Binghamton strung together four straight points to force a Kent State timeout at 23-19. However, the Golden Flash scored two consecutive points to close out the sweep, 25-19.
Binghamton forced Kent State into 18 attack errors but the Golden Flash held the advantage in kills, 41-24. The Bearcats were limited to a .090 hitting percentage while Kent State hit .216.
The Bearcats conclude tournament play with a pair of matches Saturday. Binghamton faces Illinois-Chicago at 10 a.m. then takes on Eastern Illinois at 4:30 p.m. The Bearcats are 0-1 all-time against Illinois-Chicago and will meet Eastern Illinois for the first time in program history. Binghamton head coach Glenn Kiriyama was the top assistant at Eastern Illinois for four years before arriving in Vestal.