Seven Volleyball Upperclassmen Receive All-Academic Honors
The academic squad features Stony Brook University senior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview), a two-time first-team all-conference standout and the 2011 America East Player of the Year. Three 2010 all-academic selections join her on this year’s team. University of New Hampshire senior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North), UMBC senior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) and University of Hartford junior Kami Nethersole (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick-Hudson) are each repeat selections.
Rounding out the all-academic team are Providence College senior Lauren Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./Marcellus), UNH senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H./Concord), and University at Albany senior Casey Wright (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa), all also all-conference honorees.
Kennedy, a psychology major, leads the group with a 3.88 grade-point average. Nethersole is closely behind with a 3.85 GPA in communication.
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 fourth 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.
2011 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team
Name Cl. School Hometown/High School GPA Major
Lauren Fletcher Sr. Providence Syracuse, N.Y./Marcellus 3.49 Accountancy
Amy Keding^* Sr. New Hampshire Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North 3.58 Chemistry & physics teaching
Iman Kennedy^ Sr. UMBC Charlotte, N.C./Independence 3.88 Psychology
Lauren Laquerre Sr. New Hampshire Concord, N.H./Concord 3.53 Psychology
Alicia Nelson Sr. Stony Brook Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview 3.38 Multidisciplinary studies
Kami Nethersole^* Jr. Hartford Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick-Hudson 3.85 Communication
Casey Wright Sr. Albany Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa 3.43 Public policy
^ 2010 All-Academic Team member
* Unanimous selection