Albany slides by BU on volleyball court
11/4/2012 (Updated 10:51:33 PM)VESTAL -- Despite having four players register double-digit kills, the Binghamton volleyball team fell in four sets to first-place Albany, Sunday evening at West Gym. In an important America East contest, the Bearcats (10-17, 7-4 AE) dropped the match 20-25, 27-25, 23-25 and 20-25 to the Great Danes (11-14, 8-2 AE) in a tightly contested meeting between the SUNY rivals.
We didnt play our best match tonight, head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. I thought we could have played better, especially down the stretch where we committed a few too many errors. We didnt have the execution with our middles, which is a big part of our offense. But we fought hard all night and played well on the outside. We will continue to work hard and prepare for Stony Brook next Sunday.
On Senior Day, a pair of graduating players stepped up for the Bearcats with Iva Partaleva and Alex Roland leading Binghamtons offensive attack. Partaleva connected on a match-high 20 kills while picking up 12 digs for her second double-double in three matches. Roland led the Bearcats with a .407 hitting clip to go along with her 14 kills. Junior Grace Vickers and sophomore Kristin Hovie put down 15 and 11 terminations, respectively.
Albany controlled much of the first set jumping out to an 8-4 lead. Binghamton tried to cool off the Great Danes hot start with a 3-0 run capped by a Roland kill. However, Albany went on a 5-1 after calling timeout to extend its lead to five. The Bearcats were unable to rally in the frame, dropping the opening set 25-20. Partaleva led BU with five kills in the stanza.
In a thrilling second set, Albany looked to be in complete control holding an 18-10 advantage late in the frame. However, Binghamton was determined to even the match surging back with a 12-3 run to take a 22-21 lead. The senior duo of Roland and Partaleva sparked the run with four and three kills, respectively during the spurt. The Great Danes regained the lead, but the Bearcats were able to fight off set point twice before going on a 3-0 run to take the set 27-25. BU tallied 23 kills, seven of which came from swings by Partaleva, and a .500 hitting percentage during the frame.
The two teams furiously battled throughout the pivotal third set when Albany pulled ahead 12-9. Binghamton was able to knot the frame at 12 after a service ace by Xiomara Ortiz and kill by Vickers. Albany responded with a 4-0 run to take a 16-12 lead.
The Bearcats fought back to retake the lead, 21-20 following a service ace and dump kill by Amanda Dettmann. However, Albany went on a 4-1 run after calling timeout and took the set 25-23. Vickers registered six kills during the frame
In the fourth and final set, Albany was in control throughout, never relinquishing the lead. A kill by Kristin Hovie evened the frame at 11, but the Great Danes countered with a 7-3 spurt to take an 18-14 lead. BU pulled within three late in the set following kills by Hovie and Partaleva, but it wasnt enough as Albany remained in first place with a 25-20 fourth-set victory.
Dettmann had a solid night handing out 55 assists and corralling 10 digs for her fourth straight double-double. Ortiz recorded a match-high 24 digs for the Bearcats on the backline, while senior Jordyn Suhr had a big night with 10 of her own.
Albany out hit Binghamton .340 to .284, but the Bearcats connected on more terminations with a 67-62 advantage. The Bearcats outperformed the top defensive team in the conference collecting 69 digs compared to the Great Danes 64, however BU dropped its fifth straight match to the Great Danes.
Binghamton completes its regular season schedule with a huge road match against Stony Brook on Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon. The meeting with Stony Brook will have large implications on the playoff picture. The Bearcats currently sit in a tie for second with UMBC and are just a half game up on Stony Brook and New Hampshire.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)
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