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Volleyball falls to New Hampshire 3-0 in season finale
Program says goodbye to seniors Julie Chambers and Jen Fiorentino
November 13, 2011
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VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team’s playoff hopes were dashed after losing to visiting New Hampshire 3-0 in the season finale at the West Gym, Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats finished the season with an 13-17 overall record, 5-7 in America East play. BU will miss the America East tournament for the first time since 2003. Binghamton dropped the match 25-19, 25-22 and 25-18. Prior to the game the volleyball program honored seniors Julie Chambers and Jen Fiorentino.
“New Hampshire played better than we did today and they gave us a really tough time,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We’re a young team that will get better as we mature, but today was difficult for us. New Hampshire did a good job of keeping us off balance, they’ll do well in the (America East) tournament.”
New Hampshire jumped out to a 10-7 lead early in the first set, before an Annelot Nieuwenhuis kill cut the deficit to two. Sophomore middle Grace Vickers added a termination of her own a few plays later to keep the Bearcats within striking distance, 13-10. A 5-3 run by the Wildcats pushed their lead to five, 18-13, forcing Kiriyama to call time out. A block assist by Vickers and freshman setter Amanda Dettmann re-energized the crowd, but it wasn’t enough as New Hampshire took the first set 25-19.
In the second set a pair of Vickers kills handed BU an early 4-2 lead. New Hampshire battled back to even the frame, but two kills by freshman hitter Kristin Hovie maintained Binghamton’s two-point advantage. A well-timed solo block by Nieuwenhuis again got the crowd off their feet, forcing a Wildcat time out with the score 11-8. A 5-0 New Hampshire run eliminated the deficit however, and gave the Wildcats a 13-11 lead. Following a Binghamton time out, the Bearcats went on a 4-0 run of their own to even the stanza at 15. The Wildcats would counter, scoring four of the next five points, forcing Kiriyama to use his final time out of the set. The Bearcats were able to close within two on a Nieuwenhuis kill, but couldn’t regain the lead dropping the set 25-22.
The final frame witnessed New Hampshire race out to an 8-3 lead. The Wildcats would not look back as they held the lead throughout the set. Back-to-Back kills by Dettmann got BU within two, 13-11, but New Hampshire continued to press the Bearcats. Following an Alex Roland kill, the Wildcats ran off three straight points to extend their lead to four, 17-13. Binghamton would not get any closer falling in the final frame 25-18.
New Hampshire out hit Binghamton .320 to .245 and held a distinct serving advantage, recording 9 aces compared to BU’s two. Six service errors stifled several scoring runs for the Bearcats.
Grace Vickers led all Bearcats with ten kills on a .476 hitting clip. Setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 28 assists, while picking up eight digs, three kills and three blocks. Senior Julie Chambers closed out her career with a stat line of five digs, four kills and a service ace. Fellow senior Jen Fiorentino recorded a dig in her final match as a Bearcat.
Binghamton wrapped up its 13th season under head coach Glenn Kiriyama, who now has a career record of 210-193 (.521). The Bearcats return 11 letterwinners to their 2012 squad.