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Cedar Crest's Sunderhaus Wins NCAA Division III Baksetball's Highest Award

Salem, VA (March 10, 2011) - Cedar Crest College's Lizzy Sunderhaus of Hamilton, Ohio, has been named the female recipient of 2011 Jostens Trophy, widely regarded as the highest honor awarded in the sport of NCAA Division III basketball. The award, announced today by the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, is based on excellence on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.

One male and one female Jostens Trophy winner are chosen annually by a national selection committee consisting of college coaches, former athletes, college administrators and members of the media. The award is publicized by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), and seeks to echo the Rotary International's motto of "Service above Self" by recognizing men and women who fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. Sunderhaus was selected from a class of 11 female finalists this year, the 14th year the award has been presented.

The awards presentation for the Jostens Trophy is set for March 17th at the Salem Rotary Club's meeting at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.

"Lizzy's ability to not just balance her academics, athletics, and service, but to excel in all arenas,  is a model for student-athletes everywhere. She has shown commitment and made accomplishments that will be hard to match, but that are certainly emblematic of the type of leaders that Cedar Crest College strives to produce, " said Cedar Crest Director of Athletics Kristin Maile.

Val Donohue, Lizzy's coach and herself a Cedar Crest graduate and former two-sport Division III student-athlete, was thrilled by the announcement. "I am elated to learn that Lizzy was selected for the Jostens Trophy, especially when compared to the incredible accomplishments of the other finalists. She is certainly an outstanding student-athlete and a deserving recipient. I cannot overstate the impact that she has had on our program and on the College as a whole. She's a walking testimonial for all that is right about NCAA Division III athletics."

"I am humbled to be selected for this award," said Sunderhaus. "I was thrilled just to be under consideration along with the other finalists, all of whom had some pretty impressive accomplishments. I really have to thank everyone at the College and in the Athletic Department for supporting me throughout my career so far."

Sunderhaus, a junior center, is a former CSAC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year and Cedar Crest's first three-time All-Conference selection. This year she led the nation in rebounding at 15.6 rebounds per game and was 20th in scoring at 19.7 points per game. She led the Colonial States Athletic Conference in both categories, was ranked second in the conference and tied for fourth in the nation in double doubles with 21 in 24 games, and was tied for second in the Conference in blocks at 1.9 per game. Until the final week of the season, she was one of just five players in the country to average both double digits in rebounds and over 20 points per game. She was named to the CSAC Player of the Week Honor Roll several times.

She scored her 1000th point against Gwynedd-Mercy College this season, in a game in which she made a career-high 12 free throws. This year she also scored a career-high 37 points in a win at Bryn Mawr College and pulled down a career-high 25 boards in a win against Keystone College.

With a 3.97 GPA, not only does Sunderhaus have outstanding academic credentials, she has achieved them in one of the most demanding fields Cedar Crest College offers. She is majoring in Genetic Engineering with a concentration in Forensic Science and has a minor in Chemistry. In addition, she is a member of the College's Honors program, for which she must complete additional multidisciplinary coursework beyond the normal course requirements. She is a member of several honor societies and has been on the Dean's List and the CSAC All-Academic Team every semester of her career. She has been an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team selection and last summer was selected as an Amgen Scholar for which she spent ten weeks at the University of Washington conducting research and a final presentation on "The Evolutionary History of Complex Human Diseases."

Lizzy is very active on campus, holding officer positions in several clubs and organizations as well as acting as a mentor. In the community she has worked with youth groups such as Head Start and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as an adult day care facility and a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. At home, Lizzy is a parish volunteer at Queen of Peace church and a member of the Paragon Optimists Society, a service organization that holds breast cancer fund-raisers, sponsors middle school movie nights and conducts a middle school essay contest for which Lizzy is a judge.

The Jostens Trophy is a creation of Jostens, Inc. and the Rotary Club of Salem, Va. The purpose of the award is to honor true Division III student-athletes, those who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, on the court and in the community. In addition to the Trophy, the Wooldridge Scholarship, a $1,000 donation, will be presented in the name of the winner to his/her institution. The scholarship was named after Dan Wooldridge, a Salem Rotarian and retired Commissioner of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, as a way of honoring him for his long-time dedication to Division III athletics.

Jostens, headquartered in Minneapolis, provides products and services that recognize achievement and affiliation throughout people's lives. The company specializes in championships rings and awards, in addition to yearbooks, class rings, graduation products, school photography and corporate programs.

More information on the Jostens Trophy is available here.

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