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Volleyball’s Vickers Named America East Scholar-Athlete

Junior co-captain is fourth Bearcat volleyball player to garner award

February 8, 2013


Volleyball’s Vickers Named America East Scholar-Athlete

America East Release

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Junior co-captain Grace Vickers has been named the America East Scholar-Athlete for Volleyball, as announced Friday afternoon by the conference office. Vickers was among six student-athletes honored for demonstrating their excellence both on the court or field and in the classroom.

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 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.

Vickers, the fourth Bearcat volleyball player to win the award, produced a 3.38 GPA while majoring in geography. The third-year player from Pleasanton, California was also named to the 2012 America East All-Academic Team and is a two-time America East Academic Honor Roll selection. Megan Hoag (2006), Jacki Kane (2007) and Michelle McDonough (2010) also garnered the award.

“Grace has worked extremely hard to become one of the top middle hitters in the conference,” head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. “But what makes her a complete student-athlete is the equal, if not greater, emphasis she places on her academics.”

Named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 America East Championship, Vickers led Binghamton to its second title in four years and third overall, sweeping No. 1 seed Albany in the championship match. En route to Binghamton’s third NCAA appearance versus No. 1 ranked Penn St., the middle hitter led the league with a .271 hitting percentage earning first-team all-conference honors. The two-time captain was the only player to be named to an America East All-Conference team and All Academic teams this year.

A Binghamton student-athlete has been named an America East Scholar-Athlete for the 12th consecutive year and Vickers is the university’s 31st award-winner overall. The Bearcats currently have the third-most Scholar-Athlete award winners since joining the conference prior to the 2001-02 academic year. Only Albany (38) and Stony Brook (35) have had more student-athletes garner the honor.

The five other student-athletes honored were Liam Paddock of UMBC (men’s soccer), Kristi Toch of Albany (field hockey), Amelia Pereira of Hartford (women’s soccer) and Erick Speakman and Olivia Burne of Stony Brook (cross country).

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