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Volleyball Loses A Pair of Hard Fought Matches to SHU and Maryland

Bearcats fall in fifth set to Seton Hall in tournament finale

September 1, 2012

Volleyball Loses A Pair of Hard Fought Matches to SHU and Maryland

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Maryland: L (18-25, 19-25 and 25-27)
Binghamton (1-5) fell in three sets (18-25, 19-25 and 25-27) to host Maryland (4-1) Saturday afternoon at Comcast Pavilion. Both sophomore Kristin Hovie and senior Iva Partaleva paced the Bearcats with 13 kills in the losing effort.

In the opening set, Binghamton fell behind 10-5 as Maryland took advantage of six Binghamton errors. A pair of kills from Partaleva cut Binghamton’s deficit to just four, 12-16. The Terps responded with a 5-2 run stretching the lead out to 21-14, forcing a BU timeout. Following the timeout, sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann tallied two consecutive aces, putting the visiting squad down five, but Maryland closed out the first with a kill from Kamrin Gold, one of her nine on the afternoon.

The second set seemed like it belonged to Binghamton early on as they jumped out to a 7-4 lead on the strength of two kills apiece from Hovie and senior Alex Roland. The set went back and forth, with three ties at 11, 16 and 18. Jordyn Suhr’s service ace put ahead Binghamton 19-18, but the ACC power Terrapins rattled off seven straight points to secure the second set victory. Hovie had an outstanding second set tallying seven kills.

After intermission, Binghamton once again came out strong in the beginning of the set. BU jumped ahead 15-7, forcing a Maryland timeout. True to form in the previous two sets, Maryland bounced back, this time on a 10-2 run that leveled things up at 17. Later in the set, a kill from Partaleva, who had seven in the third, tied things up at 21. After trading points, junior libero Xiomara Ortiz’s ace pulled Binghamton ahead one, with just one more point to force the match into a fourth set. But a pair of Maryland kills and a service error gave three straight points back to the tournament host and a straight set win.

“Its obviously difficult to lose, but we are improving each and every game,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “If we could have cut down our hitting errors, I think this game has a little bit different story. Like I said, we are right there and just need to correct a few minor details and good things will happen.”

Dettmann had a solid all-around game distributing 32 assists, while picking up six digs on the afternoon. Binghamton, who has served the ball well this weekend, picked up six aces on the afternoon.

Up next is a matchup with Seton Hall who has gone 1-1 this tournament, including a four set victory over Maryland on Friday evening. Match starts at 5 p.m.

Seton Hall: L (16-25, 24-26, 30-28, 25-15 and 15-6)
The Bearcats’ valiant comeback attempt against Seton Hall came up just short as they lost to Seton Hall in their final game played at the Maryland Inviational Saturday evening. After falling behind two sets to none, Binghamton bounced back with a 30-28 comeback win and an impressive 25-15 victory to knot things up and force a fifth set. Seton Hall jumped out to a quick 10-2 start and didn’t look back winning the last set 15-6,  improving to 4-1 on the season.

Three players for BU tallied 10 or more kills, led by Kristin Hovie who notched a season-high 18, to go along with eight digs and a pair of blocks. Junior Xiomara Ortiz tallied 24 digs and a team-high 4 service aces in the losing effort.

“It was good to see our team battle and compete against a quality team like Seton Hall,” Kiriyama said afterwards. “We kept working after falling behind two sets, but unfortunately got behind early in the fifth set, which is difficult to do in a short game format like that. I thought our defense played really well tonight, and it was also good to see Kristin (Hovie) have such a strong tournament on the offensive side of the ball.”

In the first set, play was back and forth in the opening minutes of play. There were six early ties that eventually resulted in a 12-12 dead lock half way through the first. The Pirates capitalized off of nine Bearcat errors in the first set, closing out BU with a 13-4 run to move ahead one set to none. Alex Roland contributed four kills in the first.

The second set proved to be a heartbreaker for BU as they fell once again in a close matchup at 24-26. Coming from behind the entire frame, the Bearcats went on a late 6-0 run, highlighted by a pair of blocks from freshman Megan Burgess, leaving the score even at 24. With the set on the line, Seton Hall capitalized off a Binghamton service error and went ahead with a kill that secured a 2-0 lead.

With their backs against the wall, Binghamton showed great resolve in the third set. A tightly contested set, Binghamton pulled through in extra action with the 30-28 win. Hovie was the catalyst on the front line smacking five kills to keep hopes alive.

The fourth set started with a Binghamton 7-3 lead, which was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Another seven kills from Hovie and three kills/two blocks from Roland ensured their would be a fifth and final set as Binghamton cruised to a 25-15 victory.

In the fifth set, Seton Hall denied Binghamton’s hopes of a monumental comeback quickly by moving ahead 10-2. Three of Amanda Hansen’s team-high 11 kills came in the fifth as she guided the Pirates to their second win of the tournament. Binghamton wrapped up their difficult road trip with an 0-3 record.

The Bearcat defense played stout against Seton Hall picking up 7 solo blocks and 14 block assists, and held the Pirates to a hitting percentage of just .151.

Amanda Dettmann led BU with 43 assists, and also contributed 12 digs and five kills. She was later named to the All-Tournament team after combining for 94 assists, 21 digs and seven kills over three games.

Binghamton heads to Akron, Ohio next weekend to compete in the Zips Invitational against Youngstown State, SIU-Edwardsville and host Akron. The Bearcats begin the two-day, three match tournament against Youngstown State on Friday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m.

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