Dec. 28, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Seven volleyball student-athletes earned a spot on the 2011 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team, highlighted by five first-team all-conference selections. These student athletes, who excel both academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.
Providence College senior middle blocker Lauren Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y.) was selected to the team. Fletcher led the Friars on the court this season in kills (385), kills per set (3.87), total attacks (827), hitting percentage (0.326) and blocks (120). At the conclusion of the season, Fletcher was named First Team All-America East. It marked her second post-season league honor, having earned Second Team recognition in 2010, during Providence's first season in the conference.
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.
Fletcher, along with UNH senior Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H./Concord), and University at Albany senior Casey Wright (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa), also were all-conference honorees.
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.