July 13, 2011

Amber Chandronnait Repeats as NE-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Winner

NORTHEAST-10 RELEASE

SOUTH EASTON, Mass. –For the second straight season, recently-graduated Amber Chandronnait (Bow, N.H.) of the Southern New Hampshire University women's tennis team was named the recipient of the Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award.

The Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence awards are chosen by a vote of a committee of athletic administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR) at each of the 16 NE-10 institutions. The Northeast-10 will honor one student-athlete per conference-sponsored sport each year. There are a total of 23 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winners during the course of the academic year.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence award the student-athlete must have completed at least two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment at their current institution and at least two years of athletic eligibility at any institution. In addition, the student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.30.

Chandronnait, who recently graduated as a Business Administration major with a 3.896 GPA, rewrote the SNHU women's tennis record books in her three seasons with the Penmen.  A three-time Northeast-10 Player of the Year, only the second player in conference history to win the award three times, Chandronnait wrapped up her three-year career with a 73-5 singles record and a 54-12 doubles mark.  In 2010-11 she finished unbeaten in conference singles and doubles play and posted overall marks of 25-2 in singles and 21-3 in doubles.

Over her career, Southern New Hampshire posted an overall record of 50-10 (.833) and made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.  In each of the past two seasons the Penmen have captured the Northeast-10 regular season and tournament championships, finishing each season with a 13-0 mark in league play.  Entering 2011-12 SNHU has won 30 straight NE-10 regular season matches, the fourth-longest win streak in conference history.  Including the postseason, the Penmen have captured 34 straight matches against conference foes.

Academically, Chandronnait is a two-time member of the Northeast-10 All-Academic Team and was a two-time SNHU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that are committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.