Senior setter Amanda Dettmann had a match-high 34 assists in a straight-set victory over UMBC.
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Hovie sisters, Dettmann help Bearcats sweep UMBC
October 21, 2014Tweet
The Binghamton volleyball team earned back-to-back wins for just the second time all season after sweeping UMBC on Oct. 19 from West Gym. As the first half of America East play comes to a close, the Bearcats (6-16, 4-2 AE) are now in a tie for second place with Albany following their dismantling of the Retrievers (9-10, 3-3 AE).
“I thought we moved the ball very well today, maybe the best we have all season,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “We got off to a good start in the first set which always helps and we were efficient offensively. We were aggressive at the net getting our hands on a lot of balls which allowed our defense to slow down a very good hitting team.”
Sisters Allison and Kristin Hovie combined for 22 kills to lead the Bearcats, who defeated UMBC at home for the third straight year. Senior setter Amanda Dettmann recorded her second consecutive double-double (fifth of the year) with a match-high 34 assists and 14 digs. Sophomore libero Bailey Walker registered her sixth straight game with at least 20 digs, picking up a team-high 21.
Both teams were hot offensively in the opening set combining for 34 terminations in the frame. However, Binghamton prevailed 25-23 thanks to six kills from Allison Hovie. UMBC opened up a slim 12-9 lead, but an 8-2 run by the Bearcats gave Binghamton a 17-14 advantage, forcing a Retriever timeout. UMBC battled back to even the stanza late at 23, but back-to-back errors stalled the Retriever attack.
The Bearcats committed just one attack error in route to a 25-13 victory in the second set, taking a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. Binghamton dominated the frame to the tune of a .370 attack percentage while limiting UMBC to a match-low .028 hitting clip. Kristin Hovie connected on four kills during the frame to lead Binghamton.
Binghamton jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the third set, but UMBC immediately responded with an 8-2 run to take a 13-10 advantage. The Bearcats fought back thanks to eight UMBC attack errors claiming a 21-18 lead late in the set. A pair of kills by Allison Hovie helped Binghamton capture the straight set victory, 25-21.