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Volleyball Clinches Playoff Berth With Win At Stony Brook
The Bearcats (11-17, 8-4 AE) outlast Seawolves in five sets
November 10, 2012Tweet
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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball team held off host Stony Brook in five sets, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium, clinching a berth in the America East tournament next weekend. The Bearcats (11-17, 8-4 AE) earned the No. 2 seed by defeating the Seawolves (11-14, 6-6 AE) 24-26, 27-25, 26-24, 28-30 and 15-12. Binghamton returns to the conference tournament after failing to qualify last season for the first time since 2003.
“It was an epic battle and extremely hard fought match,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We got an all-around effort from everyone and the team continued to fight until the end. Amanda (Dettmann) had a huge game for us and really got our hitters involved. We very excited to return to the conference tournament and can’t wait for next weekend.”
Binghamton was led by sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann’s first career triple-double of 53 assists, 14 digs and 10 kills. She quarterbacked the Bearcats to a .242 hitting percentage and helped four other Binghamton players record at least 12 kills. Headlining the BU attack was senior hitter Iva Partaleva, who connected on 21 terminations, eclipsing the 20-kill mark for the fourth time in the last five matches.
After dropping a tight opening frame 26-24, Binghamton dug themselves out of a whole in the second to even the match at one set apiece. Down 14-10, the Bearcats went on a 6-2 run ignited by a pair of Grace Vickers kills, to level the stanza at 16. The two teams battled back and forth as the set was tied seven more times down the stretch. Vickers’ sixth termination of the frame helped Binghamton stave off set-point and knotted the game at 24. A pair of Alex Roland kills aided the Bearcats in closing out the second set, 27-25.
The Bearcats continued to roll in the third frame as a kill by sophomore Kristin Hovie handed Binghamton an early 10-8 advantage. From there, the two SUNY rivals traded points as no lead grew greater than one. Terminations by Hovie and Partaleva coupled with several Stony Brook errors helped Binghamton earn set-point. The Seawolves fought off one set-point before a Hovie kill and Stony Brook error gave BU the set, 26-24. The Bearcats held Stony Brook to a .081 hitting percentage during the frame, it’s lowest of the match.
In a frantic fourth set, Stony Brook fought off five set-points to push the match to a fifth set 30-28. Binghamton was unfazed however, taking an early 3-1 lead in the final set on a Hovie kill. The Bearcats continued to control the frame thanks to back-to-back errors by the Seawolves, leading to a Stony Brook timeout. Binghamton extended its lead to four, 9-5, on a kill by Roland. But Stony Brook did not back down, going on a 5-2 run to pull within one. Following a late BU timeout, consecutive kills by Roland gave Binghamton the 15-12 fifth-set victory and a chance at an America East title.
Roland finished the match with 16 kills, while Vickers and Hovie recorded 15 and 12 terminations, respectively. Junior libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up a team-high 22 digs for her 10th 20-dig performance of the season.
Binghamton recorded 75 kills and 11 blocks for a dynamic all-around effort. After going 1-6 in five-set matches during non-conference action, BU improved to a perfect 4-0 in five-setters during America East play.
As the No. 2 seed, Binghamton will face No. 3 UMBC Friday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. at Albany’s University Gym. The Bearcats and Retrievers split the season series with each team winning on its home floor.