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Volleyball Holds Off UMBC In Five Sets
Freshman Allison Hovie posts double-double with 19 kills and 15 digs
October 12, 2013Tweet
Contact: Terrence Lollie
VESTAL, N.Y. – Highlighted by freshman Allison Hovie’s 19 kill-15 dig night, the Binghamton volleyball team picked up a huge America East victory over visiting UMBC, Friday night at West Gym. Despite being out hit .244-.179, the Bearcats (4-14, 2-3 AE) held on to defeat the first-place Retrievers (12-8, 3-2 AE) in five sets (25-20, 25-20, 14-25, 18-25, 15-11) to stay alive in a tight conference race.
“It was a huge win for us,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We definitely need this to stay in the (America East) race. I’m excited about the win because we know we can compete with the top teams in the league. We did a good job of scrambling and picking up some big attacks and our passing was much better tonight. I think this win gives our team a lot of confidence going forward.”
Sophomore Megan Burgess and senior captain Grace Vickers contributed to the offensive output as well recording 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann had an outstanding night quarterbacking the Binghamton offense with 41 assists, 16 digs and seven kills. Senior libero Xiomara Ortiz was solid on the backline recording 22 digs.
In its second five-set match in 24 hours, Binghamton and UMBC played to a stalemate early in the first set. Following five early ties, back-to-back kills by Vickers handed Binghamton a slim 13-10 advantage. The Bearcats continued to press the Retrievers defense as a pair of kills from Allison Hovie forced a second UMBC timeout. Binghamton was briefly threatened by UMBC before a block assist from Vickers and Dettmann sealed to opening frame, 25-20. The Bearcats hit .258 in the first set while holding the league-leaders in hitting percentage to a .162 clip.
Binghamton came out firing in the second set racing out to a 10-4 lead after kills by Allison Hovie and Dettmann. UMBC responded with three straight points to trim the deficit to three forcing a Binghamton timeout. The Bearcats kept their composure as a kill and ace by Allison Hovie extended Binghamton’s lead back to six. With Binghamton up 17-8, UMBC woke up and embarked on an 11-3 run to pull within one. However, Binghamton answered with four straight points, highlighted by a pair of kills by Allison Hovie and a solo block by Shannon Kirkpatrick. A Dettmann kill finished off the set for the Bearcats by an identical 25-20 score.
UMBC climbed back into the match after controlling the third and fourth sets. The Retrievers out hit the Bearcats .379-.062 in the third set and .267-.083 in the fourth. UMBC won the third frame 25-14 and the fourth set 25-18 to level the match at two games apiece.
In the deciding fifth frame, Binghamton jumped out to a 4-0 lead. UMBC quickly evened the set at four before back-to-back kills by Allison Hovie gave Binghamton a 7-4 lead. Dettmann continued to feed a hot Allison Hovie and she responded with two more kills to put the Bearcats up five, 11-6. It was Burgess who finished off UMBC for Binghamton however, as a pair of kills down the stretch handed the Bearcats the 15-11 fifth-set victory.
Binghamton limited its service errors against UMBC, committing just four compared to 12 the night before. The Retrievers, who lead the league in blocks per set, compiled 10.5 blocks opposed to six by the Bearcats. Both teams delivered in the service game, as UMBC registered nine aces while Binghamton tallied six.
Freshman Kelly Leach stepped up in the absence of Kristin Hovie, collecting 17 digs and six kills. Leach has now recorded 10 or more digs in three of her last four matches
The Bearcats improved to 16-10 all-time against the Retrievers, defeating the Baltimore-based school in back-to-back five set matches. Binghamton advanced to the 2012 America East Championship by virtue of a five-set victory over UMBC in the semifinals.
Binghamton continues its six-match homestand Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. when Cornell makes the short trip from Ithaca for a non-conference meeting. The Big Red defeated the Bearcats in five sets last season.