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Volleyball knocks off New Hampshire in four sets

Bearcats hand first-place Wildcats first conference loss

October 14, 2011

Volleyball knocks off New Hampshire in four sets

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Box Score

DURHAM, N.H. - The Binghamton volleyball team knocked off first-place New Hampshire 3-1 in America East action Friday night from Lundholm Gymnasium. The Bearcats (9-12, 2-3 AE) won 26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 27-25 to hand the Wildcats (5-16, 4-1 AE) their first conference loss. With the win, BU extended their three-match win streak to four over UNH.

The first set was tightly contested throughout as neither team gained much breathing room. BU took a narrow two-point advantage on a ace by hard-serving freshman Emily Litwin. Out of a New Hampshire time out, BU pushed their lead to three on kill by sophomore middle Grace Vickers, making the score 10-7. The Wildcats came right back to even the frame with three straight points. The two teams battled back-and-forth tying the stanza ten different times. Binghamton took a slim lead 17-15 thanks to a pair of New Hampshire attack errors. Back-to-back kills by Vickers and freshman hitter Annelot Nieuwenhuis helped extend BU’s lead to four, the largest for either team, 20-16 forcing a second UNH time out. Following a kill by freshman Kristin Hovie and an ace by classmate Amanda Dettmann, New Hampshire fought off four straight set points to cut the Bearcats’ lead to one, 24-23. A block assist by junior Alex Roland and senior Julie Chambers coupled with another Wildcat error gave BU the first frame 26-24.

New Hampshire came out in the second set more focused, racing out to an 8-3 advantage. The Bearcats were unfazed by the fast start evening the frame at 11 on a Hovie kill. A 4-0 Wildcat run pushed New Hampshire’s lead back to five, 17-12, forcing head coach Glenn Kiriyama to burn a time out. The Bearcats would cut the deficit to three twice following the time out, but were unable to overcome the Wildcat lead dropping the set 25-21.

Similar to the first set, the third frame began with extremely even play. The early-goings of the third set witnessed five ties and four lead changes. Both teams continued to feel each other out in the pivotal stanza until a 3-0 run by the Bearcats gave BU an 11-8 advantage. A service ace by senior Jen Fiorentino and a kill by Roland sparked the Binghamton burst. A kill by Vickers helped BU maintain it’s lead, 16-13, as New Hampshire errors continued to hamper the Wildcat offense. Binghamton extended their lead to 20-15 thanks to another Hovie-kill, Dettmann-ace combo. Eight attack errors by the Wildcats aided BU’s 25-19 third-set victory.

Binghamton fell behind early in the fourth set, but a 3-0 run by the Bearcats reclaimed the lead for BU, 10-8. A third Jen Fiorentino service ace coupled with kills by Roland and Nieuwenhuis allowed BU to overcome a three-point deficit. Both teams battle furiously as they attempted to control the tempo. New Hampshire assisted the Bearcat cause committing two attack errors and handing BU a 14-11 lead. Following a Wildcat time out Binghamton continued their run, pushing the lead to eight, 19-11. BU received two kills and a block assist from Nieuwenhuis to ignite the run. Not going away, the first-place Wildcats showed their poise putting together a 5-1 run to trim the Bearcats’ lead to one, 23-22, forcing a BU time out. Two Binghamton errors allowed New Hampshire to even the frame at 24. Relinquishing set point to the Wildcats, BU fought off one of their own on back-to-back kills by Grace Vickers, taking back the lead 26-25. An attack error by UNH gave BU the 27-25 fourth-set victory and their second straight conference win.

Three Bearcats reached double-digit kills led by Annelot Nieuwenhuis’ 14. Grace Vickers and Kristin Hovie compiled 11 and 10 terminations, respectively. Vickers recorded a sparkling .356 hitting percentage. Amanda Dettmann tallied a double-double with 36 assists and ten digs. Sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up a match-high 20 digs.

As a unit the Bearcats out hit New Hampshire .131 to .079, tallying 47 kills to the Wildcats 42. BU recorded ten total blocks and a season-best nine service aces.

Binghamton continues their weekend road trip at Hartford on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.

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