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Vickers and Hovie Garner America East Weekly Awards

Vickers named Player of the Week, Hovie Rookie in final week of season

November 18, 2013


Vickers and Hovie Garner America East Weekly Awards

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of Bearcats were honored by the America East for the second straight week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. Senior Grace Vickers and freshman Allison Hovie were named the league’s Player and Rookie of the Week following Binghamton’s weekend split. The Bearcats swept UMass Lowell before rallying from a 2-0 deficit at first-place New Hampshire, eventually falling in five.

It is the second straight Player of the Week honor for Vickers while Hovie picked up her second Rookie of the Week award this season. Vickers garnered her first career accolade last week and Hovie earned her first conference award back on Oct. 28.

Binghamton easily disposed of UMass Lowell on Friday night completing its third straight sweep. With the victory the Bearcats kept its marginal playoff hopes alive. However, Albany’s sweep of the River Hawks the following day eliminated Binghamton from the conference tournament. The Bearcats continued to play hard however, rallying from a 2-0 deficit at regular season champion New Hampshire before finally falling in five sets.

Vickers closed out her illustrious career averaging 4.12 kills per set while compiling a league-best .458 attack percentage. Against New Hampshire the senior captain connected on a America East season-best 23 kills. The mark set a new career high for middle hitter eclipsing her previous best of 18, which she established against Cornell on Oct. 15.

“Grace had a tremendous weekend,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “Any time she had a good swing at a set she was unstoppable.  Grace carried the team through some tough moments at UNH and the team fed off of her and mounted a comeback.  It was a fitting way for one of the most dominant players in the league to finish off a stellar career.”

Hovie led all newcomers with 3.38 kills per set adding 1.62 digs per set over the weekend. The freshman outside hitter led the Bearcats with 12 kills in their straight-set victory over UMass Lowell while providing 15 terminations in the five-set defeat at New Hampshire. Hovie hit a season-high .375 against the River Hawks aiding her .239 hitting clip during the weekend.

“Allison has come on strong the last half of the conference season,” Kiriyama said. “Her confidence and efficiency on the outside improved immensely as her initial season progressed.  She’s a hard worker and I look for her to continue to be a top player in the conference.”

Last week, Vickers and junior setter Amanda Dettmann were honored by the America East. It was Dettmann’s fourth Setter of the Week honor of her career while Vickers picked up Binghamton’s first Player of the Week award of the season.

Binghamton concluded its season over the weekend missing the playoffs one year after capturing its third America East title. The Bearcats, who advanced to the postseason eight straight years from 2003-2010, have missed the playoffs two of the past three years.

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