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Bearcats swept by Hawks for first time

WEST HARTFORD, Ct.  The Binghamton volleyball team fell in straight sets at Hartford, Sunday afternoon in an America East matchup from the Reich Family Pavilion. The Bearcats (3-13, 1-2 AE) were swept by the Hawks (7-12, 1-2 AE) for the first time in program history 25-23, 25-15, and 25-12. Hartford defeated Binghamton for just the fourth time since 2002.
We didnt play our best match today, head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. Hartford was the better team and you have to give them credit. They kept us on the defensive throughout the match and never really allowed us to create chances offensively. Well get back to work tomorrow and prepare hard for next weekend.
Freshman Allison Hovie led the Bearcats with a team-high 11 kills, her seventh double-digit kill match of the season. Junior setter Amanda Dettmann dished out 22 assists while senior libero Xiomara Ortiz recorded a match-high 19 digs.
Hartford hit a season-best .352, with 51 kills and just 13 attack errors. Binghamton allowed an opponent to hit over .300 for the sixth time while compiling a hitting clip under 20 percent (.148) for the 13th time.
The first set witnessed 10 ties and six lead changes as each team jockeyed for leverage in the opening frame. A pair of Hovie kills handed Binghamton a slim one-point lead late in the stanza. However, it was short-lived as Hartford regained the lead thanks to pair of Binghamton miscues. The Bearcats pulled within one three times down the stretch, but it wasnt enough as a potent Hawk attack nailed down the first set 25-23.
Binghamton and Hartford battled early in the second set with neither team able to gain the upper hand. Following six ties a 4-0 Hartford run finally gave the Hawks some breathing room and a 12-8 lead. Hartford kept Binghamton off-balanced throughout the set hitting a match-high .438 during the frame. The Bearcats were unable to get any closer than three as the Hawks took the second set 25-16. Hovie registered four kills during the stanza.

In the third set Hartford continued to impress offensively, compiling 19 kills and just three attack errors en route to a .400 hitting clip for the second straight set. Binghamton briefly held the lead, 8-6, early in the frame thanks to a pair of Hartford errors. However, the Hawks answered with a devastating 13-1 run to blow the set open and take a 19-9 lead. The Bearcats hit a match-low .061 dropping the final set 25-12.

Binghamton fell to 19-4 all-time against Hartford, with three of the four losses coming on the road.

The Bearcats return home after six matches on the road for Homecoming Weekend. The Bearcats kick-off Homecoming against Stony Brook on Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. before a quick turnaround, facing UMBC on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)

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