FAYETTEVILLE – Amanda Anderson and Cassie Clarke, members of the University of Arkansas volleyball team, have been named to the 2010 Southeastern Conference Freshman Academic Honor Roll, the league office announced this week. A total of 43 Razorback freshman student-athletes were honored by the conference for their work in the classroom. Arkansas saw an increase of freshman academic honor roll selections in 2010 after 39 Razorback freshmen earned a spot on the list in 2009.
During her first season as a Razorback, Anderson led the team in hitting percentage and earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. She earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors (Sept. 7) after an impressive effort at the Virginia Tech Invitational. The Euless, Texas, native posted career highs of 15 kills, against Auburn (Nov. 20), and seven blocks, against Tulsa (Sept. 8) and Auburn (Oct. 4). Anderson finished the year second on the team with 0.76 blocks per set and 2.25 kills per set.
Clarke appeared in 14 matches during her freshman campaign and became the Hogs’ starting setter in the final four matches of the season. In her first career start, she had 38 assists, four kills and eight digs in Arkansas’ five-set victory at Alabama (Nov. 15). Clarke followed with a career-high 66 assists and 12 digs against Auburn (Nov. 20) for the first double-double performance of her career. The assist total marked the highest figure by an SEC setter during the season and was the most by an Arkansas setter since 2004.
"We are proud of the growing number of Razorback freshman student-athletes who have earned selection to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "With the academic and athletic demands placed on student-athletes, it is important that we continue to provide them with the resources to allow them to succeed in all aspects of their collegiate careers. The first-year student-athletes named to this list have demonstrated the ability to successfully balance those responsibilities, progress towards graduation and represent the Razorbacks in their given sports."
As kinesiology majors, Anderson and Clarke were also members of Arkansas’ Athletic Director’s List for their work in the classroom during the 2009 Fall semester. Of the student-athletes selected, 11 are kinesiology majors, nine are studying business and three are arts and science majors. There were 18 different majors represented.
To be selected, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the institution, be on scholarship or a letterwinner, have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit and have been a member of the varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship season.