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Volleyball Completes Kathy Trosclair Memorial With A Pair Of Losses

Bearcats (2-12) fall to host Tulane in five sets and UTEP in straight sets

September 15, 2012

Volleyball Completes Kathy Trosclair Memorial With A Pair Of Losses

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Binghamton volleyball program suffered its sixth five-set loss of the season falling to host Tulane, Saturday afternoon at the Kathy Trosclair Memorial. The Bearcats (2-11) lost its second straight five-set match of the weekend to the Green Wave (3-8) 20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 13-15. Binghamton is now 0-6 in five-set matches.

“We had a chance to win the match by extending it to five sets,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “The effort was good, especially our offense…we just had too many errors. We fought well, but when you start from behind its hard to catch up.”

Three Binghamton players registered at least 15 kills, led by sophomore hitter Kristin Hovie’s 18. Senior Iva Partaleva and junior captain Grace Vickers recorded 15 kills apiece. Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 50 assists and chipped in 13 digs.

After dropping the first set 25-20, the Bearcats regained their footing in the second as back-to-back kills by Hovie and Partaleva gave Binghamton an early 5-3 advantage. A service ace by sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz capped a 5-0 run by the Bearcats, maintaining their cushion 14-12 midway through the frame. Binghamton led 20-17 when Tulane scored three straight points to even the stanza. The two teams battled back and forth until two consecutive Partaleva kills ended the set. Binghamton leveled the match at one set apiece with a 25-23 second-set victory.

The third set was tied seven times in the opening moments of the frame, until a kill by Vickers gave Binghamton some breathing room, 12-9. The Bearcats sustained a two-point advantage, when a 6-0 Green Wave run gave Tulane a 20-16 lead and forced a Binghamton timeout. Following the break, the Bearcats strung together three straight points to climb within one, but it wasn’t enough as Tulane closed out the frame 25-22.

Both teams battled back and forth early in the fourth set before a 4-0 run by Tulane gave the Green Wave a 13-9 lead, forcing a Binghamton timeout. The Bearcats responded with a 4-1 run, capped by a Vickers kill, to crawl within one 14-13. Continuing to fight for a fifth set, an Alex Roland termination evened the frame at 18. Binghamton finally regained the lead, 20-19, thanks to a service ace by Partaleva. The Bearcats utilized a pair of Hovie kills and a Vickers and Dettmann block assist to hold off Tulane, 25-23.

Binghamton worked to earn its first five-set match of the season as a Vickers kill evened the frame at five. However, a 5-1 spurt by Tulane forced a pair Binghamton timeouts. Trailing 13-9, the Bearcats went on a 3-0 run ignited by kills from Hovie and Vickers to climb within one. Tulane weathered the Binghamton threat however, and held off the Bearcats 15-13 to take the match in five sets. 

The Bearcats had one of their best hitting performances of the season, connecting on 26 percent of their attacks. Unfortunately, Tulane was much more efficient recording a .345 hitting percentage. Binghamton served well for the second straight match, tallying seven service aces compared to Tulane’s five.


NEW ORLEANS, La. – Following a pair of disappointing five-set losses to open the Kathy Trosclair Memorial, Binghamton fell to UTEP in straight sets in its final match of the tournament hosted by Tulane University. The Bearcats (2-12) lost 20-25, 23-25, 25-27 in their first-ever meeting with the Miners (5-7).

“We couldn’t find a good rhythm the whole match,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We fought throughout, but just didn’t get enough hitters going to gain any momentum. Offensively, we were one-dimensional and that helped out UTEP. Though the scores were close, I thought we could have played much better.”

Senior hitter Iva Partaleva had a tremendous match with 21 kills and 10 digs, marking the third time this season she achieved a 20 kill-10 dig feat. Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 34 assists, while junior libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up a match-high 16 digs.

Each team recorded 43 kills and tallied similar hitting percentages (UTEP .237, Binghamton .209), however UTEP registered a 7-3 advantage in the service game. The Miners also out blocked the Bearcats 8-6. 

The first set witnessed 12 ties and five lead changes as both teams battled to gain the upper hand. Binghamton briefly opened some breathing room as a 3-0 scoring spurt, fueled by a pair of kills from Grace Vickers and Partaleva, gave the Bearcats a 14-12 lead. UTEP worked to even the match at 17 and then scored three consecutive points to go ahead 20-17. The Bearcats were ineffective down the stretch, dropping the opening frame 25-20.

Senior middle Alex Roland aided Binghamton in taking a 6-3 lead in the opening moments of the second frame. The Miners responded with a 4-0 run to take its first lead of the stanza, 7-6. With the set tied at 11, three Partaleva kills handed Binghamton a 14-12 advantage. From there, the frame was tied four times before UTEP broke away from the Bearcats to forge ahead 23-20. Binghamton fought off three set-points, but it wasn’t enough as UTEP took the second set 25-23. 

In an extremely tight third set, neither team was able to gain any momentum. The frame was tied 20 times with the largest lead by either team being three. Partaleva did her best to keep Binghamton in the match, tallying six of her match-high 21 kills during the frame. Down 20-19, UTEP went on a 3-0 run to regain the lead and force a Binghamton timeout. The Bearcats roared back out of the break scoring three straight points, including kills by Hovie and Dettmann, to go ahead 23-22. Each team had multiple chances at set-point, but neither was able to convert. UTEP finally broke past the Binghamton defense and scored the final two points for the 27-25 third-set victory, completing the sweep.

Binghamton heads to Syracuse Wednesday, Sept. 19 for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Orange before opening America East competition at home against UMBC on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Binghamton has never beaten Syracuse during its Division I tenure.

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