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Volleyball Triumphs Over New Hampshire In Five Sets

Senior Iva Partaleva records a career-high 23 kills for Bearcats (8-16, 5-3 AE)

October 26, 2012

Volleyball Triumphs Over New Hampshire In Five Sets

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DURHAM, N.H. – Senior hitter Iva Partaleva connected on a career-high 23 kills to lead the Binghamton volleyball program to a thrilling five-set victory over New Hampshire, Friday night in a pivotal America East match at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Bearcats (8-16, 5-3 AE) were just 2-6 in five-setters this season before defeating New Hampshire (10-14, 5-3 AE) 21-25, 25-20, 25-13, 19-25 and 18-16 to claim a share of second place in the league standings.

“It was a barnburner tonight, but a great road win,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “I really thought our offense was clicking all night and we stayed aggressive, especially down the stretch. Our ability to execute when we needed it was huge. Overall, it was a phenomenal performance by everybody and a great team effort. We played hard through the match and never gave up.”

Six of Partaleva’s kills came in the all important fifth set, helping Binghamton fight off match point on several occasions with smashing attempts New Hampshire was unable to dig. The most important point however, came when Kristin Hovie and Grace Vickers teamed up for a block on the conference’s second-leading hitter Morgan Thatcher, staving off match point.

Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann quarterbacked the offense to the tune of 50 assists, adding a 16 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Junior libero Xiomara Ortiz, who missed the UMBC match with an injury, bounced back with a 20 dig night, the seventh time this season she’s eclipsed that mark.

Binghamton, determined to prove itself on the road, rushed out to an 11-6 lead thanks to a disheartening 7-0 run bookended by Partaleva kills. Their hosts did not back down however, as New Hampshire responded with an 8-1 run of its own to regain the lead, 18-15. Back-to-back kills by Partaleva and Vickers evened the frame at 18, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats put away the opening set 25-21. Partaleva was on fire in the first stanza tallying seven terminations.

In the second set the Bearcats utilized kills by Hovie, Partaleva and freshman Megan Burgess to jump out to a 10-6 advantage. A pair of terminations by Vickers and Hovie extended Binghamton’s lead to seven, 14-7. The Bearcats maintained the margin until a 6-0 spurt by the Wildcats brought UNH within one, 19-18, forcing a BU timeout. Kiriyama’s team answered with a 5-0 run out of the break ignited by a pair of Partaleva service aces to claim set point 24-18. A Burgess kill evened the match at one set apiece, 25-20. Binghamton connected on four service aces during the frame.

The Bearcats completely dominated the third set connecting on 16 kills while hitting at a .484 clip. Binghamton raced out to a 7-2 lead, thanks to a pair of kills each from Vickers and Hovie. A service ace by Burgess forced a New Hampshire timeout as the Wildcats trailed 12-7. BU extended its lead to the largest of the set, 18-10, following a Partaleva termination. The Wildcats had no response as Binghamton closed out the frame on a 7-3 run propelled by a pair of Burgess terminations. Binghamton took a 2-1 lead with a 25-13 third-set victory.

After New Hampshire lengthened the match to a fifth and deciding set with a 25-19 victory in the fourth frame, Binghamton was poised to improve upon its five-set match record. Partaleva sparked the Binghamton attack with three kills early in the set. A Hovie termination handed the Bearcats an 8-4 lead as the teams switch sides. However, a 5-0 New Hampshire run erased the Binghamton lead and gave the Wildcats a 9-8 advantage. The two teams furiously battled with the match being tied several times down the stretch. Binghamton fought off match point twice before the all important Hovie-Vickers block. Following the denial of match point, a solo block by Dettman coupled with a Hovie kill ended the excitement 18-16.

Hovie finished the match with 12 kills while Burgess added six to go along with her season-high 15 digs.

Binghamton compiled a .200 hitting percentage with 57 kills. The Bearcats corralled a season-high 84 digs while recording nine total blocks.

The Bearcats head straight for Providence following the match for a meeting with the Friars on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. from Alumni Hall.

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