Kiriyama named America East volleyball Coach of the Year
November 16, 2012Tweet
Head volleyball coach Glenn Kiriyama was honored by his peers as the America East Coach of the Year and sophomore Amanda Dettmann was voted Co-Setter of the Year, as announced by the conference Nov. 15. Kiriyama was named Coach of the Year after leading the Bearcats back to the America East tournament following their absence in 2011. Setting a precedent, Dettmann became the first Binghamton player to win a major conference award since Binghamton joined the league in 2002.
Kiriyama’s team was picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll but instead went 8-4 in conference play to finish in a tie for second in the league and carry the No. 2 seed into the tournament. The honor marked the third time the 14th-year head coach won the award, also capturing the hardware in 2005 and 2008.
“I am very grateful for this award,” Kiriyama said. “I am fortunate to have a strong staff of coaches and trainers who have dedicated a large amount of their time and talents to the benefit of the program. But above all, I would like to recognize the student-athletes who have sacrificed so much to move this program forward.”
Dettmann finished the season in a tie for the league lead in assists (9.81 a/s) and was one of two America East setters to eclipse 1,000 assists (1,099). She quarterbacked Binghamton to its highest hitting percentage in program history and led the conference with 16 double-doubles. Dettmann recorded her first career triple-double in Binghamton’s season-ending victory at Stony Brook, allowing Binghamton to clinch the No. 2 seed. The tie in the Setter of the Year voting marked the first time in conference history two setters shared the award.
“Amanda has been a pleasure to coach,” Kiriyama stated. “She works hard to improve, leads by example, and has a strong desire to achieve.”
In addition to announcing the major award winners, the all-conference and all-academic teams were released and the Bearcats garnered six positions total. Junior Grace Vickers was Binghamton’s lone first-team selection while three Bearcats were named to the second-team as Dettmann and seniors Iva Partaleva and Alex Roland were also honored by the conference.
Vickers helped Binghamton lead the conference in hitting percentage (.214), finishing second in the league with a .264 hitting clip. She also led the team in blocks (0.87 b/s) and was third in kills per set with 2.26.
“Grace has put in a tremendous amount of effort to get to where she is today,” Kiriyama added. “She has been one of our top hitters and blockers all season long.”
Partaleva and Roland joined Dettmann on the second-team after compiling strong senior seasons. Roland led the conference in hitting percentage (.271), while Partaleva completed the year third in the league in kills (3.59 k/s). Her 402 kills led the team and is the sixth highest single-season total in Binghamton’s Division I history. Roland topped Binghamton with 15 solo blocks and will finish her career at Binghamton fifth all-time in total blocks (330).
“Iva has been our go-to hitter down the stretch,” Kiriyama continued “Iva is a great competitor who consistently put up some strong offensive numbers for us. Alex has greatly improved her hitting efficiency and along with Grace has formed the top middle hitting duo in the conference.”
Vickers continued to earn accolades after being the lone all-conference selection named to the All-Academic Team and was joined by senior Jordyn Suhr. The duo is the first pair of Binghamton players to be named to the team since 2009, when Michelle McDonough and Dawn Lambert were recognized. Suhr, who has earned a sparkling 3.91 GPA while studying in the Integrated Neuromolecular Track, will be attending the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine next year. Vickers, a junior captain, carried a 3.37 in geography to collect her second conference honor.