For Immediate Release: September 16, 2011
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Binghamton drops a pair of matches at the Columbia Tournament
Bearcats fall to host Columbia and St. John's

Columbia Box Score
St. John's Box Score

NEW YORK -- The Binghamton volleyball team dropped a pair of matches at the Columbia Tournament, Friday afternoon at Levien Gymnasium. The Bearcats fell to St. John's 3-2 (26-24, 25-19, 21-25, 17-25, 9-15) after falling to Columbia 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-19). The pair of losses snaps a four-match winning streak for the Bearcats.

Following an opening tournament loss to Columbia, the Bearcats were well motivated for their matchup with St. John's. The first set was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. BU would take the early advantage on a kill by junior Iva Partaleva, 13-11. St. John's worked to even the match at 18, but two consecutive Binghamton points forced the Red Storm to call time out. The Bearcats continued to press St. John's, a kill by Partaleva coupled with a Red Storm attack error ended the extended set, 26-24.

St. John's blocking and serving errors assisted BU's victory in the second set. Binghamton raced out to a 7-3 on a kill by freshman Annelot Nieuwenhuis, who was filling in a for an injured Kristin Hovie. Nieuwenhuis would contribute six kills in the set. After some confusion about a St. John's substitution BU was awarded a point, taking a 14-11 lead. Binghamton remained in control of the set after a service ace by senior Julie Chambers, forcing another St. John's time out. The Bearcats went on to win the set 24-21, following back-to-back errors by the Red Storm.

The third set was as evenly played as the first two witnessing ten ties. A solo block by Nieuwenhuis tied match at 10, but St. John's quickly regained the lead thanks to attack errors by the Bearcats. The Red Storm took the largest advantage of the set 20-16 following a BU time out and would go on to take the frame 25-21. St. John's controlled much of the fourth set, winning 25-17, pushing the Bearcats to a fifth frame.

BU began the fifth and final set with a service error allowing St. John's the upper hand. The Red Storm maintained their lead throughout the frame forcing Kiriyama to use both his time outs. The Bearcats would trim the lead to 10-8 following one of the time outs, but the Red Storm would complete the comeback 15-9.

Partaleva led the Bearcats with 18 kills while sophomore Grace Vickers added 13. Nieuwenhuis contributed 11 kills of her own off the bench. Freshman setter Amanda Dettmann tallied a match-high 46 assists. Sophomore libero Xiomara Ortiz picked up 17 digs for the Bearcats.

In BU's first match against host Columbia, multiple hitting and service errors derailed the Bearcats. The first set witnessed a impressive defensive performance by the Lions picking up 22 digs on 39 attack attempts by Binghamton. The Bearcats accumulated a hitting percentage of just .103 compared to Columbia's .312 as the Lions cruised to a first set victory 25-13.

The Bearcats were more competitive in the second set, but were unable to penetrate the blocking and digging of Columbia. The Lions almost matched their first set dig total with 21 in the second frame. Five kills by Partaleva kept the Bearcats in the set as BU out hit Columbia .196 to .171. Columbia proved too much for Binghamton however, hanging on to win the second set 25-23.

Columbia closed out Binghamton in the third set 25-19 after winning several long rallies that seemed to deflate the Bearcats. The Lions used a .406 hitting percentage to end BU's bid for their fifth straight victory.

Sophomore Grace Vickers recorded a match-high 12 kills and added two service aces. Amanda Dettmann handed out 30 assists for BU. Three different Bearcats tallied double-digit digs. Senior Julie Chambers and sophomore Xiomara Ortiz led the way with 12 apiece. Freshman Emily Litwin had the best match of her young career with 11 digs, keeping the Bearcats in several rallies.

BU continues play in the Columbia Tournament tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. against Big Ten member Iowa. The Bearcats finish up the tournament with St. Francis (N.Y.) at 5 p.m.

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