Cambridge, Mass. - Seniors Valerie Sourbeer and Laura Livergood were both named to the 2009 America East Volleyball All-Academic Team as announced by the league office on Thursday afternoon.
Sourbeer, the only unanimous selection among the eight honorees, maintains a 3.63 cumulative grade point average with a major in business administration. An all-conference first team selection, Sourbeer lead the Great Danes this season, averaging a team-best 3.09 kills per set. She was also one of the team's top hitters, recording a .270 hitting percentage, and recorded 29 total blocks. Sourbeer, a member of both the America East and UAlbany Athletics Honor Rolls, was also an all-academic team selection last year.
Livergood earned her first all-academic team award after posting a 3.64 GPA in human biology. A defensive specialist, Livergood played in 25 matches as a senior, averaging 1.53 digs per set. A member of the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and the UAlbany Athletic Director's Honor Roll, she also recorded 14 service aces as a senior.
To be nominated for distinction on the America East All-Academic Team, 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 cumulative GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution.
UAlbany wrapped up the 2009 season with a 22-9 record overall. The Great Danes won their third straight regular-season title before falling to Binghamton in the America East Conference Championship match.
Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information