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Published 12/13/2012
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Sundararaman Selected Academic All-America

TOWSON, Md. - University of Miami senior setter Nrithya Sundararaman has been selected to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball Second Team, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The neurobiology major becomes the first player in program history to earn the prestigious honor.

"Nrithya certainly is a great representative of student-athletes," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "She is someone who has done an incredible job to balance the demands of the highest level of Division I volleyball along with all the challenges of being a student here at the University of Miami, which is an extremely competitive academic institution."

Sundararaman maintains a 3.90 GPA in the classroom and plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a doctor after graduation. She is one of just 18 student-athletes from across the country to be named Academic All-America, which is split into three teams of six.

On the court, the setter finished her career third in program history with 2,358 assists in 93 matches. Sundararaman started 30 contests this season and led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 10.72 assists per set. Earning honorable mention AVCA All-America, All-ACC and AVCA All-Region honors, she effectively distributed the ball around with five UM players racking up at least 250 kills.

The Naperville, Ill., native was also named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in the May 24, 2012, issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. The award recognizes "undergraduate students of color who have made academic and athletic achievement a winning combination."

Being the first volleyball student-athlete to earn the honor, she is the 25th Hurricane to be selected going back to 1959. Andrea Beck from Wake Forest joins Sundararaman representing the ACC this year.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball Team

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Andrea Beck Wake Forest Sr. Winston-Salem, N.C. 3.96 Biology
Moriah Bellissimo Georgia Southern Sr. Blackstone, Va. 4.00 Exercise Science
Katy Buck Towson Jr. Catonsville, Md. 3.99 Biology
Katherine Fischer*# Oregon Sr. Los Altos, Calif. 4.01 Accounting
Gina Mancuso Nebraska Sr. Omaha, Neb. 3.67 Marketing
Ariel Turner%& Purdue Sr. Highlands Ranch, Colo. 3.49 Mechanical Engineering

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Megan Bober Creighton Sr. Murdock, Neb. 3.82 Exercise Science
Danielle Carlson Marquette Sr. Marshfield, Wis. 3.72 Psychology, Theology
Dana Cranston Colorado State Sr. Fort St. John, B.C. 3.89 Business Administration
Andrea Hannasch San Diego State Sr. New Braunfels, Texas 3.82 Mathematics
Jamie Straube Iowa State Sr. Tecumseh, Neb. 3.99 Kinesiology
Nrithya Sundararaman Miami (Fla.) Sr. Naperville, Ill. 3.90 Neurobiology

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Alaina Bergsma Oregon Sr. Chandler, Ariz. 3.60 Business Administation
Sabrina Burns Stephen F. Austin Sr. McAlester, Okla. 4.00 Professional Accountancy
Sheina Fernandes Oral Roberts Sr. Porto Alegre, Brazil 4.00 International Business
Natalie Hagglund Southern California Jr. Encinitas, Calif. 3.44 Communications
Christina Teter Tennessee, (Chatt.) Sr. Signal Mountain, Tenn. 4.00 Biology
Bailey Yeager Southern Illinois Sr. Brownsburg, Ind. 3.92 Speech Comm. Disorders

* - First Team, 2011
# - Third Team, 2010
% - Second Team, 2011
& - Capital One Academic All-America of Year

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