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Towson Holds Off Volleyball In Five Sets
Bearcats registered three players with double-digit kills
September 6, 2013Tweet
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RALEIGHT, N.C. – The Binghamton volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking five-set match to Towson, Friday evening at the North Carolina State Midtown Courtyard Classic from Reynolds Coliseum. The Bearcats (0-4) fell 25-19, 16-25, 24-26, 25-20 and 15-13 to the Tigers who moved to 3-3 on the season. Binghamton regroups to play a pair of matches on Saturday against host N.C. State and Appalachian St.
Binghamton produced a trio of players with double-digit kills led by Kristin Hovie and Grace Vickers connecting on 12 apiece. Sophomore middle Megan Burgess contributed 11 terminations to the Bearcat attack. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out a match-high 43 assists while picking up nine digs and four service aces.
In the opening frame, Binghamton held a slim one-point margin early, but a 9-1 run sparked by kills from the arms of Hovie and Vickers gave the Bearcats a 15-6 advantage. Back-to-back terminations by redshirt freshman Shannon Kirkpatrick helped Binghamton continue to pile it on as they opened up an 11 point lead. Binghamton hit a match-best .407 and cruised to a 25-19 first-set victory.
Binghamton dropped the next two stanzas after stalling offensively hitting .027 and .095 in the second and third sets, respectively. After committing just four attack errors in the first set, the Bearcats were forced into 19 over the next two frames.
Down two sets to one, Binghamton turned up the pressure defensively in the fourth set holding Towson to a .061 hitting clip. Following five ties early in the frame, a kill by Hovie helped the Bearcats take an 11-9 lead midway through the set. Service aces by Dettmann and junior libero Xiomara Ortiz maintained the lead for Binghamton late in the stanza. Towson committed several costly errors down the stretch and aided the Bearcats in capturing the fourth set 25-20.
In the fifth and deciding set, Binghamton fell behind 6-3 early, but battled back to even the frame at seven following a 4-1 run capped by a Burgess kill. The Tigers briefly regained the lead before a pair of terminations by Hovie gave the Bearcats a 13-12 advantage. However, that would end the scoring for Binghamton as Towson closed the set on a 3-0 run to take the five-set victory.
Ortiz had a game-high 18 digs, while freshman Bailey Walker had the best match of her short career collecting 13 digs. Kirkpatrick ended the match with seven kills, while freshman Allison Hovie added nine kills and nine digs.
Binghamton compiled a .141 hitting clip on 55 kills and 33 errrors. The Bearcats connected on 10 service aces while holding Towson to just four. The Tigers were stout defensively registering 10 total blocks as the Bearcats picked up just five.