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Volleyball sweeps Stony Brook, snaps three-game skid
Balanced attack helps Bearcats knock-off Seawolves
October 28, 2011
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VESTAL, N.Y. - The Binghamton volleyball team used a beautiful overall performance to sweep visiting Stony Brook in straight sets at West Gym, Friday evening in BU’s annual Dig Pink! match. The Bearcats (11-15, 3-5 AE) snapped a three-match losing streak by defeating the Seawolves (12-10, 5-3 AE) and in the process ended Stony Brook’s four-match win streak. A balanced Binghamton offense helped offset the league’s top hitter in Stony Brook’s Alicia Nelson. Seven different Bearcats tallied at least three kills, as freshman setter Amanda Dettmann led BU to a .231 hitting percentage and their third conference victory of the season.
“I thought we played a good all-around match tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Stony Brook is a tough team so it was good to see us compete hard. There were a lot of long rallies that we battled for and were able to convert on offense. It’s nice to get this win against a quality team here in the final stages of the season.”
Binghamton opened the first set firing on all cylinders as an ace by senior Julie Chambers gave BU a 10-7 lead. A fantastically placed dump by Dettmann that just touched the back line extended the Bearcats’ lead to four, 14-10, forcing a Stony Brook time out. As the Seawolves tried to regain the momentum, a long rally developed in which both teams made a few point-saving digs. The rally finally ended after junior Alex Roland put down one of her team-high ten kills, handing Binghamton a 18-14 lead. A pair of kills from freshman hitter Kristin Hovie coupled with a Dettmann ace secured the first frame for the Bearcats, 25-21.
The second set did not go as smoothly for BU as they quickly fell behind early in the frame. The Bearcats trailed much of the set, but the return of Iva Partaleva, who has missed the past five games with an ankle injury, infused the team with energy. Partaleva put down four kills during the set, trimming the Stony Brook lead to two, 16-14. Binghamton continued to fight as Chambers chased down a phenomenal dig, which set up a kill by Dettmann and evened the stanza at 20. The Bearcats closed out the frame on a 9-1 run taking a two-sets-to-none lead on an identical score of 25-21.
Stony Brook took an early 8-6 lead in the third set before a block assist from Hovie and sophomore middle Grace Vickers knotted the frame at 10. From there, Binghamton took the lead on a Hovie kill and never looked back. Another block assist by the duo (Hovie and Vickers) gave BU a slim 14-12 lead. A pair of kills by freshman hitter Annelot Nieuwenhuis helped BU maintain the advantage. Following an athletic kill by Vickers, BU held an 20-17 lead, forcing Stony Brook to use their final time out. After the brief break, Roland dropped in two kills to aid Binghamton’s 25-22 third-set victory.
Alex Roland led the Bearcats with a sparkling .529 hitting clip and ten kills. Annelot Nieuwenhuis and Kristin Hovie recorded nine and eight kills, respectively. Julie Chambers had a solid all-around match with a team-high 13 digs, three kills and two aces. Amanda Dettmann finished with a match-high 35 assists, chipping in four kills and a service ace.
Binghamton’s solid effort on both sides of the court allowed the Bearcats to out hit and out block the Seawolves. BU held a .231 to .206 hitting advantage and tallied seven blocks to Stony Brook’s five.
NOTE: Dig Pink! is the name of the Breast Cancer awareness rally that takes place all over the country during Breast Cancer awareness month (October). Dig Pink! is the Side-Out Foundation’s trademark name for its fundraising events. All proceeds benefit Side-Out, which in turn awards grants to medical research organizations and entities providing support to breast cancer patients. For more information regarding Dig Pink! please visit their website at www.side-out.org.