UAlbany Volleyball Sweeps Binghamton for Fourth Straight Victory
Volleyball Score: UAlbany 3, Binghamton 0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-20)
Location: Vestal, N.Y. – West Gym
Records: UAlbany (5-13, 5-1 AE), Binghamton (6-14, 3-4 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany volleyball team completed a season sweep of Binghamton with a three-set road win for its fourth straight victory.
- UAlbany: Each Akuabata Okenwa and Tatiana Tiangco hit over .300 with 13 kills, while Chloe Evering hit .429 off 11 kills. Nicole Otero averaged six digs a set for 18 total.
- Binghamton: Gabby Alicea led all players with 14 kills, adding eight digs and two blocks. Lexi LaGoy had 10 kills and three blocks.
- UAlbany hit .296 in the match with 47 kills and just 13 errors in 115 total attacks.
- Set one: UAlbany defended against set point three times, earning six of the final seven points to win 27-25.
- Set two: Two kills each from Akuabata Okenwa and Tatiana Tiangco helped UAlbany earned a trio of 3-0 runs early for a 12-6 advantage, leading to a 25-20 set win.
- Set three: Another late push set UAlbany to victory with the Great Danes taking seven of the last eight points, including two Tiangco kills, to win 25-20.
Quote: “Playing at Binghamton is always tough, they have great, loud, boisterous fans who understand volleyball. We let the fans get to us a little in the first set when we gave up the lead. Gabby Hansen’s tough serving allowed us to get back in the set for the win; after the we did a great job at not allowing the crowd to get in our heads. Kelly Cameron did a nice job distributing the ball to the pin. Chloe Evering, Tatiana Tiangco and Akuabata Okenwa all had outstanding matches, and Danielle Tedesco had one of her better offensive matches. Finally, Nicole Otero and Nina Holmes held down the fort defensively. I think we played together tonight, and it’s great to come out of Binghamton with a win.” – UAlbany head coach MJ Engstrom
Recap: The UAlbany volleyball team used late runs in the first and third sets to sweep Binghamton and win its fourth consecutive match.
A couple of Akuabata Okenwa kills gave UAlbany an early 8-5 lead in set one. At 11-10, kills from Okenwa and Chloe Evering led to a 4-0 run and a 15-10 advantage. Binghamton got back the lead, using kills from Gabby Alicea to go up three, later having set point at 24-21. Evering earned a kill to send back Gabrielle Hansen to serve. UAlbany held against two more set points, then took the lead on a Taylor Robinson-Kelly Cameron combo block at 25-24. After a Binghamton kill, a BU error and a Danielle Tedesco kill gave the set to UAlbany 27-25.
Into set two, six combined kills from four gave UAlbany a 12-6 lead. Binghamton got a 3-0 run to pull within 15-12, including a kill and block from Erin Shultz. UAlbany responded with five of the next six, including two Evering kills and a Hansen ace, to make it 20-13 Great Danes. Two more Tatiana Tiangco kills helped UAlbany take the set 25-20.
After some early back and forth exchanges, UAlbany had a 3-0 run, started by two Tiangco kills, to go up 8-6. Later, Tedesco had two blocks followed by two kills, adding an Evering kill to complete a 5-0 run to send UAlbany up 14-8. At 17-10, Binghamton got nine of 10 points to lead 19-18. UAlbany roared back with a 4-0 run off Nicole Otero’s serving, ended with an ace. After an Alicea kill, Tiangco notched a kill to start a set-ending 3-0 run to give UAlbany the set 25-20 and the match in three.
A battle for first place in the America East will commence in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon as UAlbany takes on UMBC at 1 p.m.