For Immediate Release: September 30, 2011
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UMBC knocks off Bearcats in straight sets
Binghamton unable to generate offense against stout UMBC defense

Box Score

BALTIMORE -- 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…they 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 win.

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.

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