Volleyball overthrows Rider 3-0 – Binghamton University Athletics
WASHINGTON, DC — Binghamton Volleyball closed the Georgetown Invitational in style, sweeping Rider 25-16, 25-20, 25-15 Saturday morning. The Bearcats (7-2) went 2-1 over the weekend and have now won six of their last seven games.
“We knew this weekend was going to be long and tough,” said the head coach. Allie Yager said. “Our main objective this week in training was to focus on our defence. I was very proud of the way we were able to show that over the last two days. Our back line did a great job keeping the balls alive and creating chances for our hitters.. Lottie has done a great job getting the ball out to everyone. We continue to learn and improve every time we put our foot on the floor.
Junior outside hitter Tsvetelina Ilieva and freshman facing the batter Giulia Bonifacio led a strong hitting effort, contributing to 12 and 10 wins respectively. BU had a season-high .352 hit percentage and had 12 blocks to Rider’s two (2-7).
Binghamton held a comfortable lead in all three sets. A key 5-0 run early in the first set gave the Bearcats a 13-6 advantage and they didn’t look back. The team didn’t make a single mistake in the frame and finished it with a kill by Ilieva to win 25-16.
Another strong early start for BU helped the team win a second set. Despite a comeback attempt from the Broncs, who scored six of the final eight points in the set, a combined block of Stephanie Gatto and Bonifacio sealed the deal to create a 2-0 lead.
Binghamton took the victory in the third set, as the final score of the match was 6-6 at the start. From there, the Bearcats outscored the Broncs 19-9 to secure the win. The match ended with a kill by Ilieva.
Lottie Scully dished out 26 assists to lead Binghamton, and Madison Konopka added 16 digs. Anna Spry had a solo block of six assists. Ilieva and Bonifacio made the All-Tournament team.
The Bearcats close out the tournament in West Virginia on Thursday and Friday. They take on Delaware State and host the Mountaineers on Thursday and finish with Merrimack on Friday.