- Minnesota‘s Sarah Wilhite named espnW National Player of the year
- American Coaches Association National Player of the Year
Sarah Wilhite ended her senior season at the top of the game- literally. Just a day after Minnesota‘s season ended, Wilhite was named both the AVCA National Player of the Year and the espnW National Player of the Year.
In November, she was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and was an obvious choice for All-Big Ten. This season alone she was awarded the Big Ten Player of the Week and First Team All-American honors as well as the National Player of the Week.
Wilhite led No. 2 Minnesota for the season, filling the empty leadership positon that Daly Santana left vacant after graduating in 2015. Although she started as a shy player her freshman year, both her confidence and skills grew throughout her time at Minnesota under Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon.
In the 2016-2017 season, Wilhite posted a .288 hitting percentage and for a career hitting average .248. Her stats were across the board as she expanded her range, finishing the season with 25 assists, 327 digs, 62 blocks, a team-best total of 537 kills and averaged 4.26 kills per set. She earned 13 double-doubles this season.
As a leader on the team, Wilhite helped lead Minnesota to its second Final Four appearance in a row, and a 29-5 season record.