Keding Earns America East Scholar-Athlete Award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill.), a senior at the University of New Hampshire, was named the volleyball recipient of the America East scholar-athlete award, announced by the conference Thursday afternoon.

Keding, a 2011 America East All-Conference First Team selection, paced the Wildcats to the second seed at the America East Volleyball Championship. 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 in the fall, including a 27-kill, 30-dig performance against Harvard.

Keding proved to be one of the top all-around players in the conference as she ranked fifth in both kills per set (3.34) and points per set (3.80). She posted several impressive performances throughout the season, capped off with a 16-kill, 16-dig effort in the Wildcats' America East semifinal match against Stony Brook.

A chemistry and physics teaching major with a 3.59 GPA, Keding was selected to the 2011 America East All-Academic Team as a unanimous selection, earning the honor for the second straight year. She was also named to the Fall 2011 America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.

The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports which America East sponsored in the fall season including men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball. Member institutions of America East Conference for the 2011 fall season included University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston U., University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and University of Vermont. Fairfield was an associate member in the sport of field hockey, while Providence College competed as an associate member in volleyball.

A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six fall championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30. Each honoree will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced this summer.

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