Maddie Smith of the Central Connecticut volleyball team was named a Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete it was announced Tuesday by the league office. The conference also released the Fall Academic Honor Roll and Commissioner's Honor Roll presented by Certified Financial Services. A total of 58 Blue Devils student-athletes across six fall sports teams earned a place on the Northeast Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll. In addition, 14 CCSU student-athletes earned a place on the NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fall season.
Smith completed an outstanding career at Central, helping the Blue Devils to a share of their first regular-season title since 2003 with an 11-3 mark in league play. The senior led the conference with 161 blocks and a .377 hitting percentage, both of which are the second-highest single-season marks in CCSU program-history. She tied a program single-match record with 14 blocks against Sacred Heart on Nov. 3 and ranked 14th in the NCAA with 1.46 blocks/set. Smith was named All-NEC Second Team and also earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 First Team. She was a four-time member of the NEC Academic and Commissioner's Honor Roll. All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours at their institution, maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.
The NEC announced its Fall Academic Honor Roll, consisting of 765 student-athletes with a 3.20 or better grade point average, a 12.5 percent increase from 2016. There were also 241 student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll, recognizing those superior student-athletes with a 3.75 or better grade point average. The Commissioner's Honor Roll figure represents a 7.1 percent increase from a year ago.
The CCSU men's cross country program, which won its ninth straight NEC title, had five members named to the fall Academic Honor Roll. Fifteen members of the CCSU football team, which won the NEC title and advanced to the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the first time, earned Academic Honor Roll honors. The volleyball squad, which shared the league's regular-season crown, placed 10 student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll, while the women's soccer program had 15 student-athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll after setting a program-record for fewest goals allowed in conference play this season. The women's cross country team earned a runner-up finish at the NEC Championships and had seven members named to the honor roll, while the CCSU men's soccer team had six named to the league's list of academic honorees.
The 14 CCSU student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll are listed below:
David Kerns (Men's Cross Country) - So., Biochemistry, 4.0
Danny Lobello (Men's Soccer) - So., Finance, 3.75
Olivia Mondo (Women's Cross Country) - Gr., Teacher Education, 3.87
Angie Rafter (Women's Cross Country) - Fr., English, 3.82
Morgan Ricci (Women's Cross Country) - Jr., Biomolecular Sciences, 3.78
Shannon Thompson (Women's Cross Country) - Fr., Pre-Accounting, 3.76
Erica Bardes (Women's Soccer) - Fr., History, 3.86
Brianna Scaldaferri (Women's Soccer) - Sr., Accounting, 3.80
Yo Tachibana (Women's Soccer) - Jr., Exercise Science, 3.75
Mackenzie Dobbins (Volleyball) - So., Exercise Science, 3.80
Samantha McCreath (Volleyball) - Fr., Exercise Science, 3.86
Erin McDermott (Volleyball) - So., Exercise Science, 3.85
Maddie Smith (Volleyball) - Sr., Marketing, 3.96
Eline van Heijningen (Volleyball) - Fr., Psychological Science, 3.86