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Hovie Honored As America East Rookie of the Week
Freshman led Binghamton to sweep of defending regular season champ Albany
October 28, 2013Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Allison Hovie was named America East Rookie of the Week by the conference, Monday afternoon. Hovie is the first Binghamton player to be honored with a weekly award in 2013 after leading the Bearcats to a straight set victory over Albany Saturday. With the win, the first-year outside hitter helped Binghamton pull within one game of a playoff spot behind Albany and UMBC.
“Alli has been improving throughout the season and has developed into one of our most consistent hitters,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “She has worked hard to get better every day and has become a key contributor to our success.”
Against Albany Hovie registered eight kills with just one attack error on 22 attempts. She was one of four Bearcats to hit over .300 during the match accumulating a .318 hitting clip. It was the second straight match Hovie recorded a hitting percentage over .300 and fifth time this season. The Neenah, Wis. Native also picked up 13 digs and a pair of aces versus the Great Danes. It was the fourth time Hovie registered double-digit digs this year.
Hovie ranks in the top 10 of the conference with 2.48 kills per set, which is the second-highest total among America East freshmen. She has consistently been one of the top newcomers in the league and is tops on the team in digs per set (1.95) and service aces per set (0.27).
Going into the match Binghamton sat two games out of a playoff spot with a 3-4 conference record. Following the victory the Bearcats (4-4) pulled within a game of Albany and UMBC, who are both currently 5-3. With eight competing members in the America East, only the top four teams advance to the conference championship. New Hampshire and Stony Brook are tied for first atop the league standings with identical 6-2 records.
Hovie aided Binghamton in making history against Albany defeating the Great Danes 25-4 in the first set of the match. It was the largest margin of victory in a set during the program’s 12-year Division I history. Binghamton defeated Hartford 25-9 on Oct. 5, 2008 when the scoring system decreased to 25 points. During the 30-point set era, Binghamton beat Hartford 30-11 on Oct. 22, 2006.
With the victory Binghamton split the season series with Albany, who swept the Bearcats back on Sept. 28 in the state capital. It was the first time Binghamton defeated Albany at home since 2006. The Great Danes lead the Division I series 21-7.
Binghamton will continue its pursuit of a playoff spot next weekend with two important conference matches in Baltimore against UMBC (Nov. 1) and on Long Island versus Stony Brook (Nov. 3). Four of the Binghamton’s final six matches are on the road.