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Volleyball Cruises Past Providence In Straight Sets
Bearcats honored seniors Meghan Kraus, Grace Vickers and Xiomara Ortiz prior to match
November 9, 2013Tweet
Terrence Lollie (email@example.com)
VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team hit a season-best .362 en route to its second straight win over the weekend sweeping visiting Providence, Saturday afternoon at West Gym. The Bearcats (8-18, 6-6 AE) were rarely test in their 25-18, 25-22 and 25-18 straight-set victory over the Friars (12-18, 4-8 AE). Binghamton moved back to .500 (6-6) in conference play with back-to-back victories over Hartford and Providence.
“I thought we played well today,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Everyone contributed to the effort today and that was good to see. We executed from an offensive and defensive standpoint and we’ve been working towards that, so it feels good to see the hard work pay off. Our seniors did a nice job for us today and Xiomara and Grace are always crucial to our success.”
Three different Bearcats notched double figure kills on the afternoon led by middle hitter Grace Vickers’ 13. The senior captain, who was honored before the match, hit over .600 for the second time this season against Providence with a match-high .632 clip. Junior Kristin Hovie and sophomore Megan Burgess each registered 10 terminations apiece. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 39 assists while adding six digs and four kills. In her last match at West Gym senior libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up a team-high 15 digs.
Binghamton started fast jumping out to a 4-0 lead thanks to a block assist by Vickers and Burgess. Providence quickly responded with a 3-0 spurt, but back-to-back kills by Vickers quieted the Friars rally. The Bearcats stymied the Providence offense by getting their hands on every attack attempt which allowed Kristin Hovie to knock down a pair of kills and give the Binghamton a 17-10 lead. A termination from Allison Hovie extended Binghamton’s margin to nine, 22-13, but a 5-1 run by Providence briefly threatened the Bearcats. Binghamton was able to close out the frame 25-18 thanks to a .424 hitting clip and six kills by Vickers.
Providence led early in the second set, but back-to-back aces by Kristin Hovie gave Binghamton an 8-5 lead. An Amanda Dettmann dump maintained Binghamton’s cushion, 10-7, but Providence responded with a 4-1 run to level the stanza at 11. The Bearcats immediately responded with a 4-0 run capped by a Shannon Kirkpatrick kill. Not going away, Providence evened the match three times before a Kristin Hovie smash and Ortiz ace put the Bearcats up 23-20 and forced a Friar timeout. Providence fought off one set point before a backhanded slap by Dettmann ended the frame 25-22. Kristin Hovie recorded five kills in the set.
In the third and final set both teams battled early before a pair of kills by Kirkpatrick handed Binghamton a 7-4 lead. Providence countered with a 7-0 run to take an 11-7 advantage. The Bearcats displayed their composure responding with a 6-1 run behind three Burgess kills. Binghamton rode its seniors to victory as three kills by Vickers and a 5-0 service run by Ortiz allowed the Bearcats to complete the sweep 25-18. Binghamton hit .368 in the final frame while limiting Providence to a .135 clip.
The Bearcats hit over .300 for the second time this season to improve their season attack percentage to .176, which ranks fifth in the conference. In 2012, Binghamton led the league in hitting percentage with a .210 clip.
Binghamton is in pursuit of a spot in the America East Championship, but currently sits a game and a half back of Albany and UMBC, who both hold 7-4 conference records. Albany hosts Hartford while UMBC faces UMass Lowell Sunday afternoon. New Hampshire and Stony Brook, the top two teams in the conference, meet tomorrow as well. Only the top four teams in the final conference standings advance to the America East tournament.
The match marked the final home contest for Ortiz, Vickers and Meghan Kraus, each of whom were honored before the match.
Binghamton closes out its 2013 campaign with a pair of road matches at UMass Lowell on Friday, Nov. 15 and at New Hampshire on Sunday, Nov. 17. The Bearcats will have to win their final two matches of the season and get help from Albany or UMBC to have any chance at a playoff berth.