The 2018 Honda Sport Award winner for volleyball has been announced as Florida’s senior middle blocker, Rhamat Alhassan. The Honda Sport Award has been handed out annually for the past 42 years by the Collegiate Women Sports Award to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports that hold qualities of “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.”
With earning the Honda Sport Award, Alhassan is automatically determined as a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2018 Honda Cup. These awards will be handed out on June 27, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles. In all, Alhassan was chosen for the award by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools with finalist including Penn State’s Simone Lee and Haleigh Washington along with Stanford’s Kathryn Plummer.
This season was a big year for the Gators and Alhassan as Florida made the finals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003. Alhassan also earned the 2017 SEC Player of the Year and has been named a two-time first-team AVCA All-American.
Alhassan led the nation with 1.70 blocks per set and is just one of two Division I players since 2010 to average this many blocks per set and hit above .355 on the year. In the nation, Alhassan ranks seventh in NCAA history with a .423 hitting clip during her career.
Alhassan is the first player from Florida to garner the award.