LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Quinnipiac women's volleyball freshman middle hitter Allison Leigh's (Palmer, Alaska) tremendous 2013 campaign ended with an All-MAAC Rookie Team honor, announced by the league at their Tournament banquet held on Friday, Nov. 22. Leigh becomes the first Bobcat to hold an All-Conference distinction since Kalyn Hundley all the way back in 2004 when she was named to the All-NEC Second Team. After just one season, Leigh was a total all-around contributor that led the team in all major offensive and defensive statistical categories.
Leigh impressed many this season with her defensive ability as she stepped right onto the scene and led all MAAC players in total blocks with 136 (41 solo, 95 assists) in 2013. Her total season block total was the second-highest of any Bobcat in the school's Division I history (since 1998), finishing just nine behind Shannon Dublin's 145 achieved back in 1998. Even more impressive was her 136 blocks accounted for 58.1 percent of the Bobcats' total blocks as a team (234) which ranked among the highest percentages of any player in the country. Her crowning match came on Oct. 5 where Leigh posted a single-game Quinnipiac Division I record 13 blocks in a 3-1 victory over Rider.
Not to be overlooked on the offensive end either, Leigh led the Bobcats with 216 kills this season, becoming the first Bobcat to go over 200 kills in a season since 2010. She chipped in eight games with double digit kills, most of any Bobcat, and hit the ball at a .222 clip all season. Leigh really hit her stride in conference play as she had the eighth-best hitting percentage of any MAAC player in conference-only matches at .280. She was hitting the ball on all cylinders in the Bobcats' Nov. 10th match against Manhattan where she finished with a season-high 17 kills against just five errors (.300 hitting percentage).
A force on both ends of the floor, Leigh helped lift the Bobcats to five victories this season and three in conference play which were both the most for the program in a single-season since 2010. Leigh provided an immediate lift to her team in 2013 and will look to build on her All-MAAC honor next season alongside 10 other returning letterwinners, six in the freshmen class alone.
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