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Four Volleyball Retrievers Earn America East All-Conference Honors
Senior Sabrina Hoeks
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.óUMBC volleyball senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) has been named to the 2010 America East All-Conference First Team, as announced by the conference Thursday. Junior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) has been named to the Second Team, while freshmen Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) and Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate) were honored on the All-Rookie Team.
"I'm very proud of all four ladies," head coach Ian Blanchard said. "I'm especially happy for Sabrina, because she has fought through a lot of adversity and injury throughout her career and is ending her four years on a very high note."
Hoeks becomes the first Retriever honored on the first team since 2006, when Ashley Oscars and Sarah Ball received the nod. The senior led the conference with 0.59 service aces per set, good enough for seventh in the country, while she leads the team with 3.03 kills per set and is third on the team with 2.97 digs. She is one of two players to be in the Top 10 in the conference in both kills and digs.
Spaay recovered from an early-season injury and has directed the Retriever offense with 9.24 assists per set. She is also second on the team with 3.19 digs per set, while also recording 15 service aces and 26 blocks.
Carter spent most of the season as the teamís libero, leading UMBC with 327 digs (3.37 dps). She also recorded 42 kills, hit .156 and served 11 aces.
Goc was second on the team in kills with 200 (2.06 kps) and aces with 30 (0.31 aps), whle also recording 250 digs (2.58 dps) and 20 blocks.
The third-seeded Retrievers face No. 2 Binghamton in the America East Semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. in Albany, N.Y.