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Volleyball Defeated By Fordham at Columbia Invitational

Sophomore Megan Burgess had breakout performance with career-high 16 kills

September 13, 2013


Volleyball Defeated By Fordham at Columbia Invitational

Sophomore Megan Burgess

Fordham Box Score

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

NEW YORK – The Binghamton volleyball team dropped its opening match at the Columbia Invitational to Fordham, Friday night at Levien Gymnasium. The Bearcats (0-7) fell in four sets, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 and 25-20, to the Rams (6-4) despite their best hitting performance of the season. Binghamton continues play at the Columbia Invitational tomorrow afternoon with a pair of matches against Boston College and the host Lions.

“I thought we played much better tonight,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We just couldn’t sustain our offense down the stretch. Megan (Burgess) had her best game in a Bearcat uniform and that was great to see. Right now, I think we lack depth to find a solid rotation, so it’s been tough. We were much more efficient offensively tonight, but we have to pick it up on the defensive end.”

Sophomore Megan Burgess had a breakout performance for Binghamton with a career-high 16 kills on a .414 hitting percentage. Burgess, one of two Bearcats with double-digit kills, added five blocks and four digs. Freshman Allison Hovie put forth a solid outing with 12 kills and eight digs. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann compiled her second 40-assist match of the season with 41 helpers.

In the first set, the Bearcats out hit the Rams .296-.268, but were unable to come back from an early deficit. Fordham jumped out to a 7-3 following a 4-0 service run and maintained its cushion throughout thanks to 17 kills. Binghamton committed just three attack errors in the set, but Fordham countered with 41 attack attempts compared to the Bearcats’ 27. The Rams held off a late Binghamton surge to take the opening frame, 25-21.

Binghamton regained its composure in the second set, taking a 10-7 lead after a Hovie kill. The Bearcats sustained their lead following a Burgess kill and service ace, forcing a Fordham timeout. The Rams eventually fought back going on a 4-0 service run to even the frame at 18. Binghamton did not waiver however, forcing Fordham into multiple attack errors down the stretch. Senior middle Grace Vickers guided the Bearcats to the 25-21 second-set victory with a pair of late terminations. Binghamton hit .312 during the frame and received a combined nine kills from Hovie and Burgess.

An early 5-0 service run by senior libero Xiomara Ortiz helped Binghamton race out to a 10-6 advantage and force a Fordham timeout in the pivotal third set. A Burgess kill extended the Bearcats’ lead to six, 15-9, but the wheels fell off after that. Fordham countered with a devastating 10-2 run to take a 19-17 lead late in the stanza. The Bearcats were never able to regain their footing after being limited to just 10 kills in the frame. The Rams put down 16 kills to take the third set 25-20.

The Bearcats hit a match-worst .125 in the fourth set, but never gave up battling back from a six-point deficit midway through the stanza. A pair of Burgess kills coupled with a Dettmann ace brought Binghamton within one, 18-17, but too many attack errors stymied the Bearcat offense. Fordham took the set 25-20 thanks to seven attack errors by Binghamton.

Freshman Kelly Leach picked up a team-high nine digs for the Bearcats, while Ortiz had seven as Fordham stayed away from the two-time all-conference selection. Binghamton out blocked Fordham, collecting nine and a half blocks compared to the Rams’ seven. Each team had five service aces.

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