Immediate Release: December 14, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Senior hitter Michelle McDonough has been named to the 2010 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team, the conference announced on Tuesday.
"Michelle is a motivated individual who has tremendous desire and commitment to excel in all that she does," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "She has worked hard and put in the time to succeed in her academic goals."
The nomination marks the third straight season that McDonough has been named to the squad, earning recognition after the 2008 and 2009 seasons. McDonough is the first Binghamton volleyball player and just the second ever to be honored by the America East three straight seasons (Kristen Bates, New Hampshire, 2007-09). The conference began naming an All-Academic Team in 2005.
"I am very honored to be up for such an award and Binghamton is a wonderful institution that has allowed me to grow as a person and as an athlete," McDonough stated. "It is because of the people, atmosphere, and community that such accomplishments are to be met."
McDonough posted a 3.41 GPA on her way to graduating with a degree in mathematics and secondary education in just three years. She is now currently working towards her master's degree in mathematics adolescence education through Binghamton's Education Department.
During the 2010 season, McDonough amassed 392 kills on her way to setting BU's all-time kills record with 1,469. She broke Michele's Heck's record of 1,445 set in 2004. McDonough's 3.88 kills per set average was tops in the conference, while finishing second in points per set with 4.28.
The America East recognized McDonough for her stellar play throughout the season by naming her to the all-conference first team for the third straight season as well. She helped Binghamton advanced to its seventh straight postseason appearance.
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 teams 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.
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