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Volleyball Falls In Straight Sets At Albany

Freshman Allison Hovie led the Bearcats with a match-high 13 kills

September 29, 2013


Volleyball Falls In Straight Sets At Albany

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Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

ALBANY, N.Y. – In a rematch of the 2012 America East championship, the Binghamton volleyball team fell in straight sets to Albany, Sunday evening at University Gym. In the conference opener for both teams, the Great Danes (1-12, 1-0 AE) earned their first victory of the season by knocking off the Bearcats (2-12, 0-1 AE) 25-22, 25-14 and 25-18. With the loss, Binghamton dropped to 8-5 in America East openers.

“Nothing really went our way today,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “It was one of those games where we couldn’t get anything going. Luckily, it’s the first conference match so we will continue to work and look forward to next weekend.”

Freshman Allison Hovie led the Bearcats with a match-high 13 kills and seven digs. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 27 assists while senior libero Xiomara Ortiz collected a team-high 10 digs. Senior captain Grace Vickers added six kills and five digs on the court where she was named Most Outstanding Player last November.

Binghamton started fast in the first set taking a 7-3 lead following back-to-back kills from Shannon Kirkpatrick. Three Albany attack errors helped the Bearcats extend its lead to seven and force a Great Dane timeout. However, the Binghamton offense stalled and watched Albany go on a devastating 14-3 run to take a 21-17 lead. The Bearcats attempted to rally with a pair of Hovie kills, but it wasn’t enough as the Great Danes took the opening frame 25-22.

In the second set, Albany jumped out to a 10-6 lead thanks to a stifling defense that limited Binghamton to a negative hitting percentage during the frame. Following a Binghamton timeout, a 5-0 service run by Albany pushed its lead to eight. From there the Great Danes never looked back, hitting a blistering .391 in the stanza en route to a 25-14 second set victory.

Albany led the entire third set after racing out to a 9-3 advantage. Binghamton fought to chip away at the deficit following a pair of kills by Vickers. The Great Danes maintained their cushion however, as 25 attack errors hampered the Bearcats. Binghamton recorded more kills than Albany in the third set, 12-10, but a consistent Great Dane defense limited the Bearcats’ opportunities. Albany held off a late rally by Binghamton to capture the third set 25-18.

Binghamton was held to a .091 hitting clip while the Albany offense registered a .236 hitting percentage. The Great Danes controlled their mistakes committing just 13 attack errors while the Bearcats halted any momentum with nine service errors.

The Bearcats continue their three-game road trip to begin conference play with matches against associate member Providence (Oct. 4) and Hartford (Oct. 6). Following the weekend excursion Binghamton returns to West Gym for a season-long six-match homestand.

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