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Veith Honored as Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Volleyball

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pittsburgh -- Senior middle blocker Hannah Veith (Columbus, Ohio / Worthington) of the Robert Morris University volleyball team was honored by the Northeast Conference Tuesday for her performance on the field and in the classroom, as she was named the 2011 NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the sport of volleyball.

The honor for Veith marks the fourth straight year that a member of the RMU volleyball team takes home the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Former libero Alaina Gibson (2004-08) was bestowed the honor in 2008, while former middle blocker Amanda Graham (2006-10) was recognized with the award in both 2009 and 2010.

veithmugTo be eligible for the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in a sport, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team. A management major, Veith has posted a cumulative GPA of 3.70 through the 2011 fall semester.

Veith was named to the All-NEC First Team for the second straight year in 2011 after leading the league and ranking 20th nationally in hitting percentage (.375). A two-time NEC Player of the Week in 2011, Veith became the first student-athlete in league history to earn National Player of the Week honors from after hitting a cumulative .596 and posting 22 blocks over three matches in late September.

During her four-year career at Robert Morris, Veith became just the third player in school history to eclipse career totals of both 1,000 kills and 400 blocks. Her career attack percentage of .354 ranks second all-time at RMU, and she ranked in the top three in the NEC in attack percentage in each of her four years with the program.

Veith was also a national semifinalist for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, one of just 30 student-athletes in Division I who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence, which include community, classroom, character and competition.

In addition to the honor for Veith, a total of 105 from Robert Morris covering seven fall sports, including 51 female student-athletes, were named to the 2011 NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. To be eligible for the honor roll, student-athletes must have posted a cumulative GPA of 3.20 and be an active member of an officially recognized varsity team. Freshmen are eligible honor roll.

Of RMU's 105 student-athletes to be named to the 2011 NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, 37 were named to the NEC Fall Commissioner's Honor Roll. To garner the honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75, and freshmen are eligible for the honor roll.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.