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Volleyball’s rally falls short at Hartford, lose in five sets

Junior middle Alex Roland records a career-high 22 kills for BU

October 16, 2011


Volleyball’s rally falls short at Hartford, lose in five sets

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

Box Score

WEST HARTFORD, CONN. - The Binghamton volleyball team rallied from a two-set deficit at Hartford Sunday afternoon, but their comeback fell short falling to the Hawks in five sets at the Reich Family Pavilion. The Bearcats (10-13, 2-4 AE) dropped the first two sets 25-21 and 25-18 before taking the third and fourth frames 29-27 and 25-23. Hartford (11-12, 2-4 AE) held on in the fifth set however, taking the final stanza 15-12. The Hartford win snaps BU’s fourteen-match win streak over the Hawks
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Binghamton played Hartford tough through the first two frames, but still found themselves in a two-sets-to-none hole. Trailing 14-11 in the third set the Bearcats started to make their move. A pair of kills by junior Alex Roland and sophomore Grace Vickers helped even the match at 15. The elongated set would be tied six more times before it was finally decided. Down 21-19, a Jen Fiorentino service ace coupled with two Hartford turnovers knotted the frame again for the Bearcats. BU fought off four match points to stay alive. Two Roland kills proved pivotal down the stretch, allowing Binghamton to stay in the game 29-27.

The fourth set was true to form with neither team backing down. Midway through the frame three straight kills by freshman Annelot Nieuwenhuis gave BU a 15-13 lead, forcing a Hartford time out. Binghamton extended its lead to five, 21-16, on a Hartford error, but the Hawks did not go away coming back to tie the set at 22. The Bearcats displayed their resiliency however, receiving a service ace from sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz to regain the lead. BU would go on to win the frame 25-23.

In the deciding frame Hartford raced out to an 8-2 lead, aided by three Binghamton attack errors. Continuing to fight, the Bearcats went on an 8-4 run to cut the deficit to two, 12-10. Alex Roland contributed three terminations during that span. Following a Hartford time out the Hawks would finally put away the match scoring three of the last five points to win the set 15-12.

Alex Roland had a career day for the Bearcats recording a team-high 22 kills. Her 22 kills ties the season high for a Bearcat. Freshman setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 56 assists, chipping in 14 digs and four kills. Xiomara Ortiz registered a match-best 21 digs from her libero position. Grace Vickers and freshman Kristin Hovie tallied 16 and 14 terminations, respectively.

The Bearcats accumulated a .181 hitting percentage, committing 36 errors. Binghamton out blocked Hartford 10-7, but the Hawks still rattled off a .257 hitting clip.

With the first half of their America East schedule completed, the Bearcats will welcome Syracuse to the West Gym for a non-conference match on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

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