UNH senior Sara Heldman, an all-academic team selection, was also the 2010 America East Setter of the Year after earning 2009 co-Defensive Specialist of the Year honors.
UNH senior Sara Heldman, an all-academic team selection, was also the 2010 America East Setter of the Year after earning 2009 co-Defensive Specialist of the Year honors.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Eight Volleyball Student-Athletes Voted To All-Academic Team

Release: 12/14/2010
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Eight volleyball student-athletes earned 2010 America East All-Academic status as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. These student athletes, who excel both academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.

Six members of the 2010 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team were also all-conference selections this year. Binghamton University graduate student Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) was the lone first-team all-conference honoree, as she also graduated in three years and is currently working towards a master’s degree. University of New Hampshire senior Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), a second-team all-conference choice, also highlighted the group of all-academic members as the lone individual award winner. Heldman was the 2010 Setter of the Year and the 2009 co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Joining Heldman and McDonough on the All-Academic Team are University of Hartford’s Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson), Lindsay Makowicki (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) and Kami Nethersole (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick-Hudson), UMBC’s Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) and Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper), and UNH’s Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North). Ford, Nethersole, Keding and Spaay were all members of the America East Second Team this fall along with Heldman.

Ford and McDonough are both repeat selections, while Makowicki leads the group with the highest grade-point average, a 3.88 in Marketing.

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 third 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.

2010 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team
Name    Cl.    School    Hometown/High School    GPA    Major   

Lindsay Ford^    Sr.    Hartford    Carson, Nev./Carson    3.51    Physical therapy
Sara Heldman    Sr.    New Hampshire    Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove    3.36    Exercise science
Amy Keding    Jr.    New Hampshire    Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North    3.50    Education & Chemistry
Iman Kennedy    Jr.    UMBC    Charlotte, N.C./Independence    3.87    Psychology
Lindsay Makowicki    Jr.    Hartford    Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy    3.88    Marketing
Michelle McDonough^    Gr.    Binghamton    Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew    3.41    Math & Secondary education
Kami Nethersole    So.    Hartford    Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick-Hudson    3.87    Communications
Allie Spaay    Jr.    UMBC    Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper    3.68    Psychology

^ 2009 All-Academic Team member