Hinkey makes All-Conference at UT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Glenwood Springs High School grad Leah Hinkey, a University of Tennessee volleyball standout, has been named to the All-Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team.In all, three members of the University of Tennessee volleyball team were named to All-Conference teams. Senior Sarah Blum claimed First-Team honors and junior Yuliya Stoyanova picked up Second Team accolades. Hinkey has made a significant contribution during her freshman campaign, starting in 28 of the team’s 30 matches. With 129 blocks, she is tied for second on the team with sophomore Mindy Flynn, while her 207 kills are good enough for fifth. The Glenwood Springs High School product has registered a 1.19 blocks per game average this season, which ranks seventh in the SEC. Hinkey has also recorded double-digit kill totals in nine matches so far this year.”Leah’s future is very bright,” UT head coach Rob Patrick said. “She has started basically the whole year for us as a freshman. She’s had to fill in some pretty big shoes that 2005 Second-Team All-American Kristen Andre left behind and she has done extremely well, averaging nearly 1.2 blocks per game. She has done a terrific job anchoring the middle blocker position and we will be counting on her to get even better in the future, after a great initial season.”By being named to the SEC First Team this season, Blum has now earned mention on each of the three lists during her career at Rocky Top, having claimed All-Freshman Team honors in 2003 and Second Team recognition in 2005. The Tulsa, Okla., native concluded the 2006 regular season as the Lady Vol leader in a wide variety of statistical categories, including kills (344), hitting percentage (.335), solo blocks (24), block assists (178), total blocks (202), blocks per game (1.84) and total points (466.0). Blum’s block per game average ranks third in the nation and is first in the SEC. A member of the SEC First Team and an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2005, Stoyanova also earned a spot on the Second Team in 2004 in addition to a mention on the All-Freshman Team that same year. The native of Sofia, Bulgaria, finished the 2006 season with a team-high 4.08 kills per game average, good for fourth in the SEC. She is also second on the squad with 343 kills and fourth with 232 digs. She had posted 10 double-doubles this year before suffering a torn ACL in the second game against Alabama on Nov. 3. The Lady Vols (19-11) will open NCAA Tournament action with a First-Round showdown against No. 25 Duke (28-3) at 7 p.m. Friday at UT’s Stokely Athletics Center.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO
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