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Volleyball Cruises To Straight Set Victory Over Hartford
Bearcats (6-14, 3-2 AE) led by Kristin Hovie's match-high 15 kills
October 5, 2012Tweet
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WEST HARTFORD, Ct. – The Binghamton volleyball team cruised to a straight set victory over Hartford, Friday night at the Hartford Volleyball Gym. The Bearcats (6-14, 3-2 AE) and the Hawks (6-14, 0-4 AE) played their second matches in as many days, with BU prevailing 25-20, 25-21 and 25-16.
“I thought overall it was a really good defensive effort,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We kept a lot of balls alive which really helps generate our offense. Xiomara and Amanda did a nice job of transitioning us from defense to offense which was good to see. I think we still need to cut down on our errors, but I like that we are staying aggressive at the net.”
Sophomore hitter Kristin Hovie led Binghamton with a match-high 15 kills on a .440 hitting percentage, the second-highest of her career. BU’s quarterback, sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann, was a technician in operating the Binghamton offense handing out a match-high 40 assists. It marked the second time this season she dished out at least 40 assists in a three-set match. Senior hitter Iva Partaleva contributed 10 kills, while junior libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up 22 digs.
Binghamton led Hartford in both the kill and dig column, out hitting the Hawks .299 to .136. The Bearcats picked up 56 digs compared to Hartford’s 37, while knocking down 48 terminations opposed to the host’s 28.
Looking to bounce back from a straight set defeat at Albany a night earlier, the Bearcats opened the match on fire to take a 7-2 lead ignited by back-to-back kills by Hovie. Binghamton maintained its advantage as Hartford tried to crawl back into the frame. A 3-0 run by the Bearcats pushed their lead back to five, stifling the Hawks attempt at closing the gap. A Grace Vickers kill helped Binghamton hold its five-point edge, 19-14, out of a Hartford timeout. The Bearcats led the entire set allowing the Hawks no closer than two thanks to a .389 hitting clip. Binghamton wrapped up the first set 25-20 behind seven kills from Hovie.
The Bearcats continued to put pressure on the Hawks in the second frame claiming an early 4-1 lead thanks to kills by Hovie and Alex Roland. Hartford climbed within one, but a 3-0 run by Binghamton forced a Hartford timeout. A pair of kills by Partaleva gave the Bearcats their largest lead of the match at 19-11 as the Hawks used another timeout. BU pushed its lead to as many as 10, but a late 7-0 Hartford run threatened Binghamton. After Kiriyama calmed his team down, a Hovie kill ended the frame 25-21 giving BU a two-sets-to-none lead.
Binghamton completed the sweep following a dominant third set. After the Bearcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead, Hartford countered with a 5-0 run to take its first lead of the match. BU responded with a resounding 11-3 spurt that broke the frame wide open. Binghamton continued to control the set as a pair of kills by Vickers gave BU an 18-9 lead. The Hawks gave the Bearcats a brief scare with a 4-0 run, but it wasn’t enough as Binghamton closed out the set 25-16.
Vickers added eight kills and five digs with a .389 hitting clip, while Roland chipped in six kills and four blocks.
Binghamton continues its road trip on Wednesday, Oct. 9 when they make the short trip to Ithaca, N.Y. to battle Ivy League member Cornell at 7 p.m. The Bearcats briefly return home as they welcome Stony Brook to West Gym for Homecoming Weekend, Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.