CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Eight volleyball student-athletes were named to the 2009 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team as announced by the league office Thursday, December 10. These student athletes, who excel both academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.

Four of the all-academic honorees were also named to one of the all-conference teams this season, including two first-team selections in Binghamton’s Michelle McDonough and Albany’s Valerie Sourbeer. Sourbeer was also a unanimous selection to the all-academic team.

Joining them on the all-academic team is Albany’s Laura Livergood, Binghamton’s Dawn Lammert, Hartford’s Lindsay Ford, New Hampshire’s Kirsten Bates and Kate Uitti, and Stony Brook’s Lindsey Gordon. Bates, Lammert, McDonough, Sourbeer and Uitti are all repeat honorees.

Bearcat Lammert has the top grade point average of the group for the second straight year with a 3.94 in her undergraduate work in biology. She was also recently named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-District Academic First Team.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.

For the second straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the maximum number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 7 on the court in volleyball) but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

2009 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team
Name    Cl.    School    Hometown/High School    GPA    Major    

Kirsten Bates    Sr.    New Hampshire    Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll    3.54    Communications
Lindsay Ford    Jr.    Hartford    Carson, Nev./Carson    3.44    Physical therapy
Lindsey Gordon    Sr.    Stony Brook    N. Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford    3.76    History/Teacher prep
Dawn Lammert    Gr.    Binghamton    Sussex, Wis./Arrowhead    3.94    Biology
Laura Livergood    Sr.    Albany    Lantana, Fla./Lakewood Christian    3.64    Human biology
Michelle McDonough    Jr.    Binghamton    Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew    3.33    Math
Valerie Sourbeer*    Sr.    Albany    Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center/Pacific    3.63    Business administration
Kate Uitti    Sr.    New Hampshire    Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney    3.50    Communications

* Unanimous selection