Immediate Release: September 30, 2011
Contact: Terrence Lollie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UMBC knocks off Bearcats in straight sets
unable to generate offense against stout UMBC defense
-- The Binghamton volleyball team fell to UMBC in straight sets
in America East action, Friday night at RAC Arena. The Bearcats
(8-11, 0-2 AE) lost 25-15, 25-22, 25-15 for their second consecutive
defeat to start conference play. UMBC improved their conference
mark to 1-1 on the season, 11-7 overall.
"We had a tough time running our offense against their defense
blocked a lot of balls out there," head coach Glenn
Kiriyama said. "UMBC is a very good defensive team,
so offensively we struggled. We'll learn from tonight and get
ready for Stony Brook on Sunday."
UMBC seized control of the match early on taking a 9-5 lead in
the first set. The Bearcats did not back down stringing together
four straight points to even the frame. A pair of kills from
junior hitter Iva Partaleva and
one by freshman middle Jordan Snapp
sparked the BU rally. UMBC regained the advantage but, Snapp
who replaced the injured Grace Vickers
in coach Kiriyama's lineup put down two more terminations to
trim the Retriever lead to one. UMBC pushed their lead to four,
18-14, forcing a Binghamton time out. The brief break was unable
to stop UMBC's momentum as the Retrievers closed out the set
on a 6-1 run, taking the opening stanza 25-15.
Similar to the first set, UMBC opened the second frame holding
a 9-5 advantage. The Retrievers added one more point to their
total before a Binghamton time out stopped the action. The Bearcats
began to find their rhythm offensively as a pair of kills from
Partaleva and Snapp sliced the deficit to three, 11-8. A 4-1
BU run, capped off by a kill from junior middle Alex
Roland knotted the frame at 15, forcing UMBC to use their
first time out of the match. The Bearcats continued their hot
play receiving a pair of kills from freshman setter Amanda
Dettmann, giving BU their first lead of the match 19-18.
The two teams battled furiously down the stretch as UMBC regained
the lead 22-20. Two Kristin Hovie kills
kept BU in the set momentarily, before a pair terminations by
UMBC's Hannah Schmidt finished off the frame 25-22.
The Bearcats fell behind quickly in the third set and was never
able to regain their footing. UMBC used a distinct hitting and
blocking advantage to silence the Binghamton attack. The Retrievers
tallied 14 total blocks to just two by the Bearcats. UMBC accumulated
a hitting rate of .304, including a .452 clip in the first set.
BU registered a hitting percentage of just .073. A kill early
in the third set by Dettmann cut the Retriever lead to 7-5, but
that would be as close the Bearcats would get. UMBC wrapped up
their fourth straight victory over BU with a 25-15 third-set
Alex Roland and Kristin Hovie led the Bearcats with nine and
eight kills, respectively. In just her second career start Jordan
Snapp tied her career-highs with five kills. Amanda Dettmann
handed out 21 assists, while adding six kills and four digs.
Sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz led the
Bearcats with 17 digs.
Binghamton wraps up their weekend road trip at Stony Brook Sunday,
Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.