CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.) and Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H) of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team were among seven student-athletes named to the 2011 America East Conference All-Academic Volleyball team, announced by the league office Friday afternoon. These student athletes, who excel both academically as well as athletically, represent the best of the America East Conference.
Keding, who owns a 3.58 grade point average (GPA) in Chemistry and Physics Education, was a unanimous selection and earned the all-academic honor for the second year in a row. Along with this academic recognition, Keding was named to the America East All-Conference First Team for her outstanding athletic performance throughout season. She led all Wildcats in scoring with 384 total kills and 3.34 kills per set, and was named America East Player of the Week twice during the season. Keding recorded an impressive 12 double-doubles this fall, including a 27-kill, 30-dig performance against Harvard.
Laquerre, who carries a 3.53 GPA in Psychology, was another top performer for the Wildcats this season. She was second on the team in scoring with 328 total kills and also ranked second with 288 digs. Laquerre had several impressive single-match performances, as she posted a team-high 13 double-doubles. Her athletic performance led her to an America East All-Conference Second Team honor following the season.
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.