– Seniors Kirsten Bates (Calgary,
Alberta) and Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich.) of the
University of New Hampshire volleyball team were among a group of
eight student-athletes named to the 2009 America East Volleyball
All-Academic Team as announced by the league office Thursday,
December 10. These student athletes, who excel both academically as
well as athletically, represent the best of the America East
Bates, a three-time America East All-Conference selection, ranks eighth in the America East in kills (3.08 kps), eighth in digs (3.00 dps) and seventh in points (3.49 pps). Bates, a 3.54 communications major, returned this season just months after knee surgery and was a key part to UNH's second-half run to the postseason. Bates also became just the sixth player in UNH history to record 1,000 career assists.
Uitti, a three-time Wildcat captain, finished her career second on the all-time assists list at UNH with over 3,400 helpers. A two-time America East All-Conference selection, Uitti is a 3.50 communications major. She was a two-time America East Setter of the Week in 2009 and finished in the top 10 in America East in several categories.
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 second 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.