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Two Colonials Named to ESPN The Magazine District II Academic All-America Teams 

Pittsburgh -- A pair of Colonials were named recently to the to the ESPN The Magazine 2009 District II University Division Academic All-America Teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Junior middle blocker Amanda Graham (Melbourne, Fla./Eau Gallie) of the RMU volleyball team and junior defensive lineman Mike Lovely (Pittsburgh/Keystone Oaks) of the RMU football team will be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration as a result of this honor.

This marks Graham’s second  honor as a District II Academic All-American. She owns a 3.99 cumulative GPA as a nuclear medicine technology major. She leads the team with a .331 hitting percentage and 85 blocks and is second on the team with 194 kills. Her hitting percentage ranks second in the Northeast Conference and she is also second in the league with 1.16 blocks per game. This year she was named NEC Player of the Week one time. She sits second in the RMU career record books with 221 block assists and owns the RMU season record for block assists with 84. She was named to the All-NEC First Team in her rookie season and was an All-NEC Second Team selection in her sophomore year.

In order to be eligible for All-District Academic All-America Team consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00. The student-athlete must have reached sophomore eligibility and academic standing at the institution and must have completed at least one full academic year. CoSIDA’s District II covers Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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 RMU athletics football The 6'1", 250-pounder Lovely is in his first year as a starter on the defensive line for the Colonials and carries a 3.90 cumulative grade point average as an actuarial science major. He has appeared in six games, recording 17 tackles, including seven solo and two and-a-half for losses that have totaled 12 yards. Included in his tackles for loss are one-and-a-half sacks, and he has also posted a pass breakup.

Lovely is the 11th different Colonial from the football team named to the ESPN The Magazine District II Academic All-America Team, the most from any program at RMU.