Immediate Release: September 7, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton volleyball team defeated the Siena Saints (1-4) in straight sets, Wednesday evening at West Gym. The Bearcats (3-6) earned head coach Glenn Kiriyama his 200th career victory with the win. Despite the torrential rain fall several BU athletic teams showed up to cheer on their fellow Bearcats. Binghamton is now 9-2 overall against Siena, including four straight at home.
"It is a nice win for the girls and the program," Kiriyama said. "Our offense was clicking tonight and we were attacking well. Amanda (Dettmann) had some nice service aces to get us going and we played solid defense to close out a good Siena team. It feels good to get the win, but I don't really keep track of how many... I was kind of surprised when I found out. It's great to know that you have so much support here at Binghamton."
In the first set Binghamton rushed out to an early 4-1 lead, but Siena was able to fight back tying the match at five. The Bearcats regained the lead on back-to-back kills by sophomore middle Grace Vickers, making the score 12-9. Errors by Siena started a BU 4-0 run, pushing the Bearcats' lead to seven, 17-10. Solid defense and a kill by freshman outside hitter Kristin Hovie sealed the first set for Binghamton 25-18.
The Bearcats took a two-sets-to-none advantage after breaking open an evenly played frame early on. With the scored knotted at 11, BU rattled off a 5-2 run to take a slim 16-13 lead. A pair of service aces by junior Iva Partaleva gave Binghamton a 21-17 advantage, which they would go on to close out 25-19.
In the final set BU had to come from behind, trailing at several points throughout the third frame. The set went back and forth as Siena battled to stay in the match. Binghamton would tie the match five times down the stretch finally taking the lead on an Amanda Dettmann ace. A pair of kills by junior middle Alex Roland gave BU a 19-16 lead heading into the final points. Kills by Hovie and Dettmann coupled with Siena errors allowed Binghamton to take the set 25-20.
Grace Vickers had a match-high 14 kills for the Bearcats, while Kristin Hovie chipped in 12 of her own. Amanda Dettman handed out 39 assists, leading Binghamton to its best hitting percentage of the season.
Kiriyama is 200-176 in his career, winning at least ten matches every season since coming to Binghamton in 1999. The Kiriyama-led Bearcats have won two America East titles under his leadership. The America East recognized Kiriyama as the best coach in the conference twice, naming him Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2008.
BU heads to New Jersey to play in the Rutgers Invitational. The Bearcats open the tournament with the host Scarlet Knights Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The following day BU takes on Princeton at 10 a.m. and Howard at 2 p.m.
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