Great Danes Suffer 3-0 Defeat at Binghamton
VESTAL, N.Y. – UAlbany volleyball looked to recover after a rough first set but got swept by Binghamton in three (4-25, 20-25, 20-25) at the West Gym on Saturday.
The home team got a strong start, riding Xiomara Ortiz’s serving through a 6-0 beginning. A Laini Leindecker kill stopped the run, but Binghamton (6-16, 4-4 AE) won three straight to make it 9-1. The two sides exchanged points, but at 11-4, the Bearcats took the next 14 points for a 25-4 game victory.
UAlbany (5-16, 5-3 AE) and Binghamton exchanged the first couple of points, tying the set on a Sofia Furlong-Amanda Dolan combo block at 2-2. A 3-0 run for Binghamton put the home team up 5-2, later leading 9-4. At 10-5, Dolan capped a 3-0 run with a kill and block to pull the Great Danes within two 10-8. The two schools went back and forth until a pair of Binghamton kills pushed the lead to 15-11 for the Bearcats, causing MJ Engstrom to call timeout. The break spurred UAlbany to go on a 3-0 run, including a Samantha Brostrom kill and Rebecca Rivera service ace to cut the deficit to one. At 18-17, Binghamton won three straight to build a four-point lead. An Amy Hunter kill out of a timeout stopped the run, but UAlbany was not able to make up the deficit, falling to Binghamton 25-20 in the second game to go down 2-0 in the match.
A 4-0 Binghamton run early put the home team up 4-1 in the third game. UAlbany chipped the deficit to two with a Binghamton service error and Mikala McCauley-Furlong combo block made it 8-6, but the Bearcats countered with three in a row for an 11-6 advantage, prompting a UAlbany timeout. A couple of kills and a Tatum Jungsten ace brought the visitors within three at 13-10, but again Binghamton responded with three straight to make it 16-10. Started by a Hunter kill, UAlbany powered its way through four straight off McCauley’s serving to pull within two 16-14. Binghamton got a pair of points, followed by three consecutive from UAlbany to get within one 18-17. Down 21-18, a dump kill from McCauley followed by a crushing kill off a serve receive got UAlbany back to within one 21-20, but the Bearcats took the final four ponts to win 25-20 and take the match.
“It was a tough match for us,” says Engstrom. “Though we played better in the second and third sets, we need to dig deeper in these matches.”
Brostrom nearly got a double double, finishing with nine kills and 12 digs. McCauley earned her seventh double double of the season with 29 assists and 11 digs.
For Binghamton, Kristin Hovie hit .391 with 11 kills. Allison Hovie had eight kills and 13 digs, while setter Amanda Dettmann concluded with 32 assists, three aces and 10 digs.
UAlbany will play its other New York conference rival, Stony Brook on Friday, November 1st at 7:30 p.m.