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Heldman, Fogarty, Bates receive AE honors before today's playoff game

The New Hampshire

Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02

Sara Heldman, a junior libero on the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, has been named America East Co-Defensive Specialist of the Year.

Heldman headlines a group of three Wildcat all-conference honorees. The annual awards were announced yesterday afternoon by the America East conference.

Heldman is joined by AE All-Conference First Team honoree senior outside hitter Lindsay Fogarty.

Joining Heldman on the America East All-Conference Second Team is senior right-side hitter Kirsten Bates.

Heldman, who shares the league's top defensive honor with Albany's Laurie Gonzalez, recorded a league-best 446 digs for 5.3 digs per set in America East play.

In the final weekend of the regular season, Heldman recorded a program-record 38 digs in a win over Stony Brook. Heldman becomes the fourth Wildcat to earn the league's top defensive honor and the first since Alyse Lahti did so in 2007.

Fogarty, who was a 2008 America East All-Conference Second Team member, paced a well-balanced offensive attack for the Wildcats and was among the league leaders in several categories.

Overall, she ranked 10th in hitting percentage, fifth in points and fourth in kills.

Bates, a three-time America East All-Conference selection, ranks eighth in the America East in kills (3.08 kps), eighth in digs (3.00 dps) and seventh in points (3.49 pps). 

Bates returned this season just months after knee surgery and was a key part to UNH's second-half run to the postseason. Bates also became just the sixth player in UNH history to record 1,000 career assists.

The three honorees and the rest of the Wildcats will be in action at the University of Albany campus today for a spot in the America East Volleyball Championship. Second-seeded New Hampshire faces third-seeded Binghamton at 3 p.m. 

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