Volleyball divides day two of Bearcat Classic

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VESTAL, NY — Binghamton Volleyball wrapped up the Bearcat Classic on Saturday, splitting its two games and finishing with a 2-1 overall record. The Bearcats fell to ACC member Boston College in three sets but bounced back with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-21 win over Siena.

“I’m very proud of the effort we put in this weekend,” said head coach Allie Yaegar. “The fans were great and the team is building more and more with each game. I pay tribute to coach Werneke and the work he did with our blockers and that was reflected in our efforts against Siena. “

Against the Saints (0-3), the Bearcats (2-1) came out of a 5-2 hole to win the first set. An 8-0 run capped by an attacking error from Siena quickly made it 14-7 in favor of the hosts. Two kills from Guilia Bonifacio sandwiched around a kill from Stefana Stan finished the frame at 25-17.

The second went back and forth, but a key 4-0 stretch gave BU some breathing room. The mini race was triggered by a block from Stan and Stephanie Gatto and an ace for Tsvetelina Ilieva. Siena rallied to tie, but a 6-1 run ended the set 25-20 in favor of Binghamton.

The Bearcats led most of the way in the final set despite Siena taking a 12-11 lead after libero Gracie Hallie recorded an ace. Stan and Bonifacio each had wins to spark a 5-1 run and BU never looked back. The Saints fought back to make it 24-21 before Bonifacio ended the game with his ninth kill.

Alongside Bonifacio, Ilieva and Stan managed nine wins each. Gatto had seven assists and Sydney Aguire added 15 digs.

Against Boston College, Binghamton fought well but fell 20-25, 18-25, 17-25. Ilieva managed 10 eliminations for the match, followed by Bonifacio’s six.

The duo were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Bearcats won two of the weekend’s three contests and will now head east for a tournament in central Connecticut State. They will face the host Blue Devils on Friday before taking on Columbia and St. Peter’s on Saturday.

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