Indrova named MAC Player of the Year; Hovey earns Freshman of the Year

For the second consecutive year, Bowling Green State University’s Petra Indrova was named the MAC Player of the Year. Lauryn Hovey joined the specialty awards by being named the Freshman of the Year, becoming the fourth Falcon in program history to receive the recognition.

The Mid-American Conference announced the MAC Awards for the 2022 volleyball season Saturday.

Indrova and Hovey were both named All-MAC First Team while Jessica Andrews was named All-MAC Second Team. Hovey and Andrews were both named to the MAC All-Freshman Team as well.

Indrova, a senior outside hitter, is the third Falcon to win the award multiple times, joining Kallie Seimet (2017, 2018) and Tammy Schiller (1990, 1991). Linda Popovich (1989) and Carlyn Esslinger (1995) both earned the award as well, bringing the program tally to eight.

Indrova enters the MAC Tournament leading the Falcons in kills with 298 while being second in digs with a career-high 303. She’s landed 33 aces for BGSU this season as well, being two shy of matching her career-high. Indrova’s all-around play resulted in a team-leading 11 double-doubles and two MAC East Offensive Player of the Week awards. This also marks the third consecutive season that Indrova has been named All-MAC First Team.

Hovey, a freshman, right side/setter, was named the MAC Freshman of the Year, becoming the fourth Falcon to receive the recognition and the first since 2016. Hovey joins Isabelle Marciniak (2016), Lori Kemerer (1996) and Linda Popovich (1986) in receiving the award.

Hovey enters the MAC Tournament second on the team in kills (280), second in assists (234), third in blocks (80), fifth in digs (104) and fifth in aces (23). She tallied seven double-doubles and two triple-doubles over the course of the season. This year, Hovey was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week twice as well as MAC East Setter of the Week twice. Hovey joined Indrova in being named All-MAC First Team as well as receiving MAC All-Freshman Team alongside Jessica Andrews. Hovey joins Katelyn Meyer as the only players in program history to be named All-MAC First Team and MAC All-Freshman Team in the same season.

Jessica Andrews, a freshman middle blocker, was named All-MAC Second Team and MAC All-Freshman Team for the Falcons. Andrews led the way for the Falcons at the net, tallying a team-high 127 blocks during the regular season. Andrews recorded 20 solo blocks and 107 block assists for the Orange and Brown. She maintained a .309 attack percentage with 110 kills over 99 sets. Over the course of the season, Andrews was named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Year four times. Andrews joins Hovey on the All-Freshman Team to mark the first time BGSU has had multiple members of the team in the same season. Andrews and Hovey bring the program’s total of MAC All-Freshman Team members to 12.

2022 MAC Volleyball All-MAC Teams & Specialty Award Winners

Coach of the Year: Kelli Miller Phillips, Ball State

Player of the Year: Petra Indrova, Senior, Outside Hitter, Bowling Green

Defensive Player of the Year: Francesca Bertucci, Sophomore, Libero, Northern Illinois

Freshman of the Year: Lauryn Hovey, Right Side/Setter, Bowling Green

Setter of the Year: Megan Wielonski, Sophomore, Ball State

All-MAC First Team

Marie Plitt, Senior, Middle Blocker, Ball State

Megan Wielonski, Sophomore, Setter, Ball State

Cait Snyder, Junior, Outside Hitter, Ball State

Petra Indrova, Senior, Outside Hitter, Bowling Green

Lauryn Hovey, Freshman, Right Side/Setter, Bowling Green

Mandy Leigh, Sophomore, Setter, Buffalo

Mallory Hernandez, Senior, Outside Hitter, Central Michigan

Claire Ammeraal, Freshman, Setter, Central Michigan

Raeven Chase, Fifth Year, Middle Blocker, Eastern Michigan

Caroline Clippard, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Ohio

Caitlin O’Farrell, Senior, Middle Blocker, Ohio

Taylor Alt, Junior, Outside Hitter, Toledo

Logan Case, Junior, Setter, Western Michigan

Maggie King, Senior, Outside Hitter, Western Michigan

All-MAC Second Team

Natalie Mitchem, Opposite Hitter, Ball State

Jessica Andrews, Freshman, Middle Blocker, Bowling Green

Abby Leigh, Senior, Middle Blocker, Buffalo

Courtney Okwara, Senior, Middle Blocker, Buffalo

Aly Gurtiza, Sophomore, Libero, Central Michigan

Francesca Bertucci, Sophomore, Libero, Northern Illinois

Charli Atiemo, Sophomore, Middle Blocker, Northern Illinois

All-Freshman Team

Lauryn Hovey, Right Side/Setter Bowling Green

Jessica Andrews, Middle Blocker, Bowling Green

Claire Ammeraal, Setter, Central Michigan

Natalia Rejment, Outside Hitter, Central Michigan

Mackenzie McGuire, Outside Hitter, Kent State

Mia Sorensen, Right Side Hitter, Kent State

Anna Kharchynska, Opposite Hitter, Ohio

Bowling Green has clinched a first round bye in the MAC Tournament and will be the No. 2 seed. The Falcons’ first match will be on Monday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Sunday’s match between Ohio and Buffalo.