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Vickers and Hovie Named To America East All-Conference Teams
Vickers second Bearcats ever to be selected to back-to-back first-teams and all-academic teams
November 21, 2013Tweet
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DURHAM, N.H. – The Binghamton volleyball team landed a pair of players on the America East all-conference teams, as announced by the conference at the awards banquet Thursday night on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. Senior middle Grace Vickers was selected as a first-team all-conference performer while freshman outside Allison Hovie was named to the All-Rookie team. Vickers was also honored by the conference after being named to the America East All-Academic Team.
Vickers, a three-year captain for the Bearcats, became the second player in program history to be a back-to-back selection on the all-conference first team and all-academic team. The Pleasanton, Calif. native matched the feat achieved by Binghamton all-time kills leader Michelle McDonough during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
“In her four years, Grace has continuously improved and has become one the most dominant players in the conference,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “She is motivated to excel in all areas of her life and has achieved more than most in her time here at Binghamton.”
Vickers completed a standout season with two straight America East Player of the Week nominations which included a league season-best 23 kills in the finale at New Hamsphire. The two-time first-team selection was the only player in the league to rank among the top five in attack percentage (1st), kills per set (3rd) and blocks per set (5th). In fact, no other player in the conference was among the top 10 in all three categories. Vickers led the conference in hitting percentage (.307) for a second straight season.
A complete student-athlete, Vickers also garnered her second straight nomination to the America East All-Academic Team. The geography major with a 3.47 GPA is the third Binghamton volleyball player to be named to two straight all-academic teams joining McDonough (2009-10) and Dawn Lammert (2008-09). Binghamton has placed a player on the all-academic team 10 times since 2006.
Allison Hovie, the younger sister of junior Krisitin Hovie, became the ninth Bearcat in program history to earn all-rookie honors, matching the achievement her sister accomplished in 2011. The first-year player from Neenah, Wis. ranked ninth in the league with 2.62 kills per set, which was second among all freshmen.
“Allison was a solid performer for us throughout the season and it is nice to see her recognized for her hard work,” Kiriyama stated. “She has been a great addition to the team and I look forward to see her progress in the coming years.”
Hovie, who started every match for the Bearcats in 2013, also ranked 15th in the conference in service aces per set (0.25) and third on the team in digs per set (1.89). She earned her a pair of America East weekly accolades during the season being named Rookie of the Week on Oct. 28 and Nov. 18.
Binghamton, the defending America East champions, won three of its last four matches, but fell two games short of a playoff spot missing the postseason for the second time in the last three seasons. The Bearcats went 7-7 in conference play and 9-19 overall.