Immediate Release: November 17, 2005
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Binghamton's Kiriyama named America East Volleyball Coach of the Year
Five Players also honored on eve on conference tournament
America East Release
VESTAL, N.Y.--Seventh-year Binghamton University volleyball coach Glenn Kiriyama was honored by his peers Thursday night as America East Coach of the Year after steering the Bearcats (18-11, 10-2 AE) into the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed. On the eve of his team's second consecutive appearance in the tournament, Kiriyama and five Bearcat players were honored at the awards banquet, held on the campus of Albany.
Kiriyama becomes the 12th Binghamton coach in four seasons to earn the conference's top coaching honor. His 2005 Bearcats were picked to finish sixth in the pre-season poll but instead went 10-2 in conference play to finish second in the conference and carry the No. 2 seed into the tournament. In seven years at Binghamton, Kiriyama is 119-95 overall (56%).
"This award has only been made possible by the players on this team and through the support of a dedicated staff," Kiriyama said. "It is through their hard work and commitment that we have been able to accomplish so much all season long. I am honored to be associated with so many good, loving people and I dedicate this award to each of them."
Junior outside hitter Katie Brody (Vestal, N.Y.) and sophomore middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo.) earned first team all-conference honors. Junior middle blocker Megan Hoag (Brunswick, Ohio) and classmate setter Ashley Meffert (Louisville, Ky.) were named honorable mention, and freshman outside hitter Brianna Strong (Elkhart, Ind.) was named to the all-rookie squad.
Brody, a transfer from SUNY Cortland made an immediate impact this season. She has finished the regular season fifth in the conference and first on the team in both kills per game (3.74) and points per game (4.23).
Kane, an honorable mention and a member of the all-rookie team last season, leads the conference and team with 1.36 blocks per game. She leads the team and is seventh in the conference with a .327 attack percentage. Kane is also second on the team in both points per game (3.31) and kills per game (2.51).
Hoag was third in the conference and led the team with .54 service aces per game. She averaged 2.22 kills, 2.37 digs, 0.78 blocks and 3.20 points per game.
Meffert was an honorable mention in 2004 and a member of the all-rookie team in 2003. This season she was fourth in the conference and first on the team with 10.67 assists per game. She was also second on the team with 2.54 digs per game.
Strong ranks among the teams top five in four categories. She averaged 2.25 points, 2.10 digs and 2.00 kills per game while attaining a .188 attack percentage in her first collegiate season.
The No. 2 seeded Bearcats will take on No. 3 Maine in the second semifinal match of the day on Friday at 8 p.m.
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