Immediate Release: August 27, 2011
COLUMBIA, MO. -- Day two of the Mizzou Tiger Invitational was unfortunately similar to day one of the tournament. The Binghamton volleyball team incurred a pair of 3-0 defeats for the second straight day. In the morning the Bearcats fell to Idaho State 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 then dropped their last match of the tournament to Tulane 25-19, 25-23, 25-17. It marks the first time since 2002 that the Binghamton volleyball program begun the season 0-4.
"We are progressing as team and we played better today," said head coach Glenn Kiriyama. "We did some good things today and there are some things we still need to work on. Its only the second day of the season, so we are looking forward to next week and competing again."
BU started off the first set looking confident taking the early 6-4 advantage thanks to a pair of kills from freshman Kristin Hovie and sophomore Grace Vickers. With the match knotted at eight, following a Annelot Nieuwenhuis kill, the Bengals strung together four consecutive points to open a 12-8 edge. BU was unable to regain the lead dropping the first set 25-14.
The second set was one of BU's best of the tournament, never falling behind by more than two points until Idaho State's final push. The Bearcats took their first lead of the set at 10-9 on a Bengal attack error. BU was unable to hold the lead however, tying the game five times down the stretch. Everytime Idaho State scored, Binghamton would respond including a kill by Vickers to tie the score at 18. A couple of BU mistakes assisted the Bengals in taking the second set 25-21.
Idaho State jumped on Binghamton quickly in the third set taking a commanding 12-3 lead. The Bearcats attempted to climb back in set, cutting the Idaho State advantage to seven, 19-12 on a kill by junior Alex Roland. The Bengals ran off three straight points, however to extend their lead back to ten. A late BU 5-0 run, which consisted of a pair of kills from Nieuwenhuis and two service aces by Amanda Dettmann brought the Bearcats back within six, 23-17. But Idaho State was too much for BU as they scored three of the final four points to win the third set 25-18.
Hovie and Nieuwenhuis led Binghamton with nine kills apiece. Dettmann had the best game of her young career tallying a team-high 24 assists, 11 digs and three service aces.
Binghamton had their best attacking performance of the tournament putting away 30 kills, as they hit at a rate of .110. Unfortunately, the Bearcats amassed 19 attack errors for the third straight game. As a unit Binghamton's receiving was improved, totaling 44 digs with each Bearcat recording at least one dig.
In the final match of the tournament for BU's hitting continued to improve, but it wasn't enough against Tulane. The Green Wave took control of the match in the first set taking a 15-7 lead. Binghamton cut the eight-point deficit to four thanks to a 4-0 run capped off by a Hovie kill. Binghamton would not get any closer in the opening frame however, dropping the set 25-19.
The second set witnessed solid play by the Bearcats. A service ace by senior Julie Chambers gave Binghamton a 10-6 lead. BU built on their lead following another service ace, this time by Vickers to push the score to 15-10. A 5-0 run by Tulane tied the game at 15, but Binghamton took back the lead on a kill by Hovie. From there BU fell behind again, but persevered and took a late 22-21 lead on a kill by the setter Dettmann. The Green Wave scored four of the final five points to win the set 25-23.
In the final frame the Binghamton continued to fight as Kiriyama worked his lineup to get his young team some much needed experience. A 5-0 run by Tulane pushed their lead to eight, 19-11. Binghamton followed the run with one of their own, cutting the lead to four. Tulane was too much for BU down the stretch winning the set and the match.
Kristin Hovie and Annelot Nieuwenhuis led the Bearcats wil eight kills each, while Amanda Dettmann handed out 22 assists. Sophomore Xiomara Ortiz led the back row with 14 digs.
Hovie was named to the all-tournament team.
The Bearcats return to action Wednesday, August 31 as the play their home-opener against defending MAAC champion Niagara. First set is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the West Gym.
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