Immediate Release: September 9, 2011
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- After dropping the opening set to host Rutgers the Binghamton volleyball team roared back to win the next three sets and the match, Friday night at the Rutgers Invitational. Binghamton (4-6) won 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-18) over the Scarlet Knights at the College Ave Gym. Four different Bearcats registered double-digit kills as BU won for the fourth time in their last five matches.
"The girls played hard tonight," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "I think our blocking was the difference in the game, Alex (Roland) and Grace (Vickers) did a good job for us in the middle. Offensively, we had a balanced attack with everyone getting involved. It was a very tight match, but we made some key plays to win long rallies that helped propel us to the victory."
Down a game, Binghamton used a hitting percentage of .364 to win the second set and even the match. The Bearcats trailed much of the set, but a serivce ace by Xiomara Ortiz tied the frame at seven. Rutgers was able to push their lead to four twice, as BU continued to put pressure on the Scarlet Knights. Down 16-12, attack errors by Rutgers kept the Binghamton in the game. A pair of kills by freshman Kristin Hovie trimmed the margin to one, 21-20. The Rutgers lead was short lived however, as four straight kills by the Bearcats finished off the set 25-23.
Early in the third set the game was tied seven times, until a 9-3 BU run gave the Bearcats a 17-11 advantage. Kills by sophomore middle Grace Vickers and junior outside hitter Iva Partaleva sparked the offensive outburst by Binghamton. A pair of service aces by freshman setter Amanda Dettmann pushed BU's lead to seven 19-12. The two teams traded points down the stretch, but a Dettmann kill sealed to frame for the Bearcats 25-21.
Binghamton controlled the fourth set never trailing Rutgers. Two consecutive attack errors by the Scarlet Knights gave the Bearcats an 8-3 lead. A combined five kills by Hovie and junior middle Alex Roland helped BU maintain its lead 18-13, forcing Rutgers to call a time out. Binghamton would close out the frame on a Partaleva kill 25-18, as a dynamic BU offense rang up a hitting percentage of .382 in the set.
Roland and Partaleva tied for a match-high 13 kills to lead the Binghamton offense. Roland played equally as well defensively, totaling seven blocks during the contest. Amanda Dettmann was in complete control of the offense handing out 39 assists, quarterbacking BU to a .273 hitting percentage. Ortiz had a match-high 18 digs, while Hovie produced her first double-double of her short career with 12 kills, 10 digs and four total blocks. Roland and Vickers both hit over .400 percent for the match.
Day two of the Rutgers Invitational will begin with Binghamton facing Princeton at 10 a.m. The Bearcats will have a short break and then take on Howard for the second time in eight days at 2 p.m.
NOTE: Binghamton holds a 3-0 series lead over Rutgers, last playing the Scarlet Knights out in Arizona on August 29, 2008 at the NAU Invitational. Former BU assistant coach Rachel Refenes is now on Rutgers head coach Jeff Werneke's staff.
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