Volleyball team beats Stony Brook In five setsTweet
After falling behind two sets to one, the Binghamton volleyball team rallied for a five-set victory over visiting Stony Brook at West Gym on Oct. 12. In a pivotal America East matchup, the Bearcats (7-15, 4-2 AE) knocked off the Seawolves (7-11, 2-3 AE) 25-19, 22-25, 18-25, 25-15, 15-12 to move a full game ahead of both Stony Brook and UMBC in the conference standings.
“This was a big win for us … it was good to see us fight in the fourth and fifth set,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “I thought we controlled the ball well tonight, which helped open up our offense. Our hitters did a nice job and stayed aggressive. They hammered some balls out there that fired the team up. This gives us a lot of confidence and puts us in a good place for the second half of the conference schedule.”
Led by superb hitting performances from Kristin Hovie and Iva Partaleva, Binghamton’s offense produced a .203 hitting clip and 59 kills. Hovie recorded a match-high 21 kills, while Partaleva put down 18 terminations for the Bearcats. Sophomore setter Amanda Dettmann put together another stellar outing, handing out 48 assists and picking up 15 digs for her second straight 40-10 match. Junior libero Xiomara Ortiz coordinated the backline to the tune of a match-high 17 digs. It was the first match of 2012 that Hovie eclipsed the 20-kill mark and just her second-career 20-plus kill match.
Binghamton jumped out to a 12-8 lead on a Dettmann service ace, forcing a Stony Brook timeout. The Seawolves crept within one, but the Bearcats continued to control the frame thanks to a Hovie kill. Following a second Stony Brook timeout, a Partaleva termination handed Binghamton a 19-15 advantage. Stony Brook tried to climb back into the frame, but multiple attack errors hindered their opportunities, and they fell 25-19 in the opening stanza.
Stony Brook controlled sets two and three throughout, taking the second 25-22 and the third 25-18. Binghamton did not back down, however, jumping out to an 8-4 lead in the fourth on kills by Partaleva and junior captain Grace Vickers. Back-to-back kills by Partaleva extended the Bearcats’ lead to five, 10-5, forcing the Seawolves to call timeout. Binghamton maintained its lead throughout the set until another Partaleva kill helped push the lead to seven, 18-11. A pair of kills by Hovie down the stretch aided Binghamton’s 25-15 fourth-set victory.
In the fifth and deciding set, a pair of service aces by freshman Megan Burgess propelled Binghamton to a 3-0 start. Stony Brook worked to even the match however, as the frame would be tied three times in the early moments of the fifth set. A 5-1 run, capped by a Hovie kill, broke open the stanza for the Bearcats to take a 10-6 advantage. Stony Brook crawled within one of Binghamton, 12-11, but kills by Hovie, Partaleva and Vickers ended the drama, 15-12.