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Stout Defense Propels Volleyball In Sweep Of Providence

Bearcats (5-12, 2-0 AE) record 13 blocks to defeat Friars (1-18, 0-2 AE) in straight sets

September 27, 2012

Stout Defense Propels Volleyball In Sweep Of Providence

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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team earned its second straight America East victory sweeping Providence, Friday night at West Gym. The Bearcats (5-12, 2-0 AE) won 25-14, 25-17 and 25-19 to hand the Friars (1-18, 0-2 AE) their 14th consecutive defeat. A stout Binghamton defense recorded 13 blocks and held Providence to a negative hitting percentage.

“Our blockers did a good job tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We communicated well and came up with some key blocks. This is a good start for us and having these home matches really help us. Now our focus shifts to Sunday where we have a tough New Hampshire opponent coming in.”

A collection of Binghamton hitters got in on the action as four different Bearcats registered at least eight kills. Sophomore Kristin Hovie led the way with a match-high 12, while senior Iva Partaleva and junior Grace Vickers totaled nine apiece. Senior middle Alex Roland, who had a monster night blocking coming up with three solo blocks and three block assists, finished with eight kills for BU.
Following a slow start in the first set, Binghamton began to find its rhythm thanks to a pair of solo blocks by Roland. After a Providence time out, the Bearcats went on a 6-0 service run to break the frame open, 18-11. Hovie and sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann connected four times during the run handing BU the seven point cushion. The Friars were unable to regain their footing as kills by Hovie, Partaleva and Vickers helped Binghamton close out the opening stanza 25-14.

Propelled by a noisy home crowd, Binghamton raced out to a 6-1 advantage in the second set. A perfectly placed dump by Dettmann, who finished with a match-high 34 assists, aided the BU run. The Bearcats extended their lead to seven before Providence threatened with a pair of blocks and service aces. The Friars trimmed the Bearcats’ lead to one, 14-13, forcing Kiriyama to call his first time out. After calming down his team, Kiriyama’s squad went on a 6-1 run ignited by a block assist from Vickers and freshman Megan Burgess. From there it was all Binghamton as a Partaleva kill ended the second set, 25-17.

Providence did not go away in the third set playing Binghamton tough throughout. A pair of service aces by junior libero Xiomara Ortiz gave BU some breathing room. The combination of Vickers and Burgess struck again for a block assist, handing the Bearcats an 8-5 lead. After a Providence time out, the Friars climbed within one, but Binghamton answered with a 6-0 run to take a 20-13 advantage. The teams battled back and forth down the stretch before a Partaleva termination closed out the set and the match, 25-19.

Binghamton recorded its second straight match with a .300-plus hitting percentage, registering a .304 clip. The Bearcats more than doubled-up the Friars in the kill column, tallying 43 terminations compared to Providence’s 21.

The Bearcats conclude their three-match home stand when they host New Hampshire, Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at West Gym. Binghamton split its two meetings with the Wildcats in 2011 and holds an 11-10 series advantage all-time.

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