For Immediate Release: September 12, 2011
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Pair of Bearcats earn weekly awards from America East
Partaleva, Dettmann named Player and Rookie of the Week

America East Release

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - A pair of Bearcats earned individual honors from the America East, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. Junior outside hitter Iva Partaleva was recognized as the Player of the Week, while freshman setter Amanda Dettmann earned Rookie of the Week honors. The duo led Binghamton to a 4-0 record last week, as BU returned to .500 after a 0-5 start to the season.

"Iva (Partaleva) had a nice three game stretch this weekend," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "She was aggressive from the start and played better as the games progressed. Amanda (Dettmann) has been a steady performer for us and works hard to get the best set up for our hitters."

Partaleva led the Bearcats to a 3-0 record and a first place finish at the Rutgers Invitational. Named the tournament MVP, Partaleva led all tournament participants with 4.00 kills per set and 4.62 points per set. In BU's final match, Partaleva recorded a match-high 22 kills and added six aces to help the Bearcats hold off Howard in Binghamton's first five set match of the year. Partaleva's 22 kills was the first match this season that a BU player eclipsed 20 kills. In just one week Partaleva recorded 63 kills, more than the 51 she tallied all of last season. Partaleva was also recognized as the America Volleyball Scouting Report (AVSR) Global Player of the Week.

Dettmann, the quarterback of BU's offense, had at least 39 assists in each match last week, with a season-best 54 against Princeton. The freshman setter executed Binghamton's offense to perfection leading BU to its best hitting percentage of the season against Rutgers. In two of the three matches Binghamton played over the weekend, Dettmann commanded an offense that had four players reach double-digit kills. Dettmann's breakout performance was against the Princeton Tigers where she added 19 digs and four kills to her 54 helpers. The BU setter finished second at the tournament with 10.31 assists per set, upping her average to 10.81 for the week. Dettmann joined Partaleva and junior middle Alex Roland on the All-Tournament Team.

Last week Binghamton won their first home match of the season with a sweep of MAAC-member Siena. Binghamton owns an 8-2 all-time Division I record against the Saints and are 4-0 on their home floor. Following their mid-week match the Bearcats traveled down to New Jersey to take part in the Rutgers Invitational over the weekend. BU opened the tournament last Friday with a four-set victory over the host Scarlet Knights. The next morning Binghamton disposed of Princeton in the same fashion, as four Bearcats tallied double-digit kills for the second straight match. BU finished off the week with a five-set thriller against Howard. In their second matchup in eight days, the Bison pushed the Bearcats to a fifth set. Binghamton was able to hold off Howard thanks to a 6-3 run midway through the final set. The first place finish was BU's first in a preseason tournament since they hosted the Binghamton Invite in 2008.

Last season, Anna Lejina wrapped up the weekly awards by winning her second Player of the Week. Julie Chambers was recognized four times as the Setter of the Week, while Xiomara Ortiz earned one Rookie of the Week honor.

Binghamton heads down to New York City to play in the five-team Columbia Tournament over the weekend. BU starts off with host Columbia Friday, Sept. 16 at noon then play Big East member St. John's a few hours later at 5 p.m. The following day the Bearcats face off against Big Ten member Iowa at 10 a.m. and finish the tournament with St. Francis (N.Y.) at 5 p.m.

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