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Hovie Earns Rookie of the Week Honors from America East
The freshman hitter set a BU rookie record with 24 kills against UMBC
November 1, 2011
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CAMBRIDGE, MASS – Binghamton outside hitter Kristin Hovie was named America East Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday. Hovie, a freshman from Neenah, Wisconsin, is the third Bearcat to earn a weekly honor during the 2011 season and the second Rookie of the Week selection. Hovie is one of three freshmen to start for head coach Glenn Kiriyama.
“Kristin has been working hard to improve her overall game,” Kiriyama said. “She was our go to hitter and the catalyst to our success this past weekend.”
Hovie began the weekend helping Binghamton to a straight set victory over Stony Brook, a much-needed win to stay in the America East playoff hunt. She recorded a stat line of eight kills, two digs, two blocks and two aces against the Seawolves.
In BU’s second match of the weekend Hovie had the best match of her young career. In a breakout effort against UMBC, she recorded a match-high 24 kills on a season-high 58 attempts. The 24 kills set a new BU rookie record and is the highest total by a Bearcat since 2008. Hovie also chipped in five digs and two blocks on a .276 hitting percentage against the Retrievers.
The rookie’s 4.57 kills per set during the week upped her season total to 2.78 kills per set, placing her in the top-ten of the conference. She also registered a league-best 5.14 points per set in Binghamton’s 1-1 week.
Hovie leads all Bearcats with 247 kills on the year, and is one of four BU players to record over 200 kills in 2011. Alex Roland (229), Grace Vickers (219) and Iva Partaleva (213) join Hovie in the 200-club and are the only quartet in the America East to accomplish the feat.
Binghamton returns to action Friday, Nov. 4 as they travel to Providence, R.I. to take on the Friars. BU is 3-0 against Providence all-time, including a four-set home victory back on Oct. 9.
NOTES: Binghamton’s other weekly award winners are Iva Partaleva (Player of the Week, Sept. 12) and Amanda Dettmann (Player of the Week, Sept. 12). Both were named to the weekly honor roll after Binghamton won the Rutgers Invitational.