Immediate Release: August 31, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton volleyball team fell to Niagara in straight sets, Wednesday evening at West Gym. The Bearcats fell 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 for their fifth consecutive straight-set loss. A team compiled of mainly new faces has resulted in BU's worst start in their Division I history. The Bearcats moved to 0-5 on the season, while Niagara evened their record at 2-2.
"We are a very young team so it will take time to develop chemistry and consistency," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "We did some very good things tonight, but as I've said before there are still many aspects of our game we need to work on. Luckily, we have another opportunity to get better this weekend."
The Bearcats battled in the first set taking an early 4-1 lead. The advantage would be short-lived, however as Niagara went on a 7-2 run to take a 8-6 lead. The set went back and forth with the Bearcats cutting the Purple Eagles lead to two once again at 16-14. BU would only score one more point in the set, as Niagara took the first frame 25-15.
The second set was well played by both squads as multiple rallies developed. The Niagara service game was the difference, however as the Bearcats were unable to handle several Purple Eagle serves. Niagara racked up nine service aces during the match, three of which came in the second set. The Purple Eagles finished off the set going on a couple of runs to win the frame 25-18.
In the final set Binghamton played it's best volleyball, receiving a steady performance from sophomore middle hitter Grace Vickers. Vickers put down two kills and recorded a pair of blocks in the set. Junior outside hitter Iva Partaleva battled a right leg injury all night, but performed well tallying three kills in the set. Binghamton was able to close the gap late in the frame, reducing the deficit to three several times. The Bearcats were unable to overtake the Purple Eagles, dropping the final set 25-21.
Partaleva led the Bearcats with eight kills, while freshman Kristin Hovie put down seven terminations. Classmate Amanda Dettmann recorded a game-high 23 kills for the Bearcats. Sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz registered 14 digs.
Binghamton travels to Storrs, Connecticut to play in the three-match UConn Toyota Classic this weekend. BU opens with Howard on Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. The Bearcats return to action the next day at 10 a.m. against Holy Cross before wrapping up with Connecticut at 7 p.m.
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