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Volleyball Welcomes Four Newcomers For 2013
Head coach Glenn Kiriyama announces new additions for title defense
May 8, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. – The Binghamton volleyball program will welcome four new additions to campus this fall for the 2013 season, head coach Glenn Kiriyama announced Wednesday. After capturing their third America East title last November, the Bearcats will look to defend its title with freshmen Bianca Anderson, Allison Hovie, Kelly Leach and Bailey Walker. Binghamton, a relatively young team in 2012, will lose just three seniors to graduation in May, Alex Roland, Iva Partaleva and Jordyn Suhr.
Arriving to Binghamton in August will be Bianca Anderson (Columbus, Ohio), Allison Hovie (Neenah, Wis.), Kelly Leach (Sayville, N.Y.) and Bailey Walker (Bayport, N.Y.). The four incoming freshmen will join seniors Xiomara Ortiz and Grace Vickers, juniors Amanda Dettmann, Kristin Hovie and Alexa Zbytniewski and sophomores Megan Burgess and Shannon Kirkpatrick. Junior-transfer Meghan Kraus will also join the Bearcats for the 2013 season after arriving at Binghamton last fall and playing with the team during the spring season.
“Our 2013 recruiting class has a nice mixture of volleyball experience,” Kiriyama said. “Bailey and Kelly have solid all-around ball control skills and will be great benefit to our service reception and back row defense. Allison and Bianca are gifted athletes and will be immediate contributors to our offense this coming year. We are glad to have them join our team and looking forward to have their drive and enthusiasm permeates our gym.”
Bianca Anderson (Middle Hitter/Outside Hitter) won three letters at Westland High School in Columbus, Ohio. The 6-foot-1 middle hitter was a team captain her senior season and led her squad in kills, blocks and attack percentage. She was named a second-team Ohio Captial all-conference selection and her team’s MVP last fall. As a junior Anderson led Westland in kills, blocks and points garnering All-OCC honorable mention honors.
Allison Hovie (Outside Hitter) is a three-year letterwinner for Neenah High School and is the younger sister of current Binghamton sophomore Kristin Hovie. The 5-foot-9 outside hitter is a three-time All-Conference selection including an All-State selection as a senior. She helped lead her team to a fifth place finish in WIAA Division I State Tournament and led Neenah to the Fox Valley Association title. The school’s all-time record holder for aces with 167 also compiled 872 kills and 837 digs during her three-year career. Hovie played her club ball with the Wisconsin Volleyball Academy.
Kelly Leach (Oustide Hitter/Defensive Specialist) is a four-year letterwinner at Sayville High School. The senior captain was a two-time All-Suffolk County selection and earned national honors from the AVCA as the Player of the Week for New York last September. Leach was also named to the Suffolk County All-Tournament team as a junior and a senior. Leach, a three-time scholar-athlete, also competed in basketball and lacrosse.
Bailey Walker (Libero/Defensive Specialist) is a five-year letterwinner for Bayport Blue Point High School. The two-year captain was named All-League in 2009 and 2011 and All-Conference in 2010 and 2012. The 5-foot-5 libero was named the League VII Player of the Year after leading her team to the best record in the conference. Walker is also a four-time All-League and two-time All-State selection for the track and field team. She helped her 4x400 team capture the 2012 New York State title while earning the Section XI Sportsmanship award. Walker is a member of the Long Island Volleyball Academy.
Binghamton will seek back-to-back America East titles when they begin camp in August. The Bearcats return three starters from their championship squad including reigning Co-Setter of the Year Amanda Dettmann and tournament Most Outstanding Player Grace Vickers.