MSU’s Lily Johnson, WKU’s Jessica Lucas Among 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees

  0 Torrey Hart | July 18th, 2018 | Beach, College - Beach, College - Women's Indoor, Conference USA, Division I Mid-Major, Division II, Division II, Division III, NCAA D3, News

581 athletes have been nominated for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, setting a new record. The award honors women who have excelled in academics, athletics, service, and leadership in college.

The nominees feature women from 20 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 251 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 199 from Division III. A record 170 were multisport athletes in college.

Over 80 women from the sports of volleyball and beach volleyball were nominated, many of whom hail from Division III; only track and field has more nominees as a sport. Among those nominated are the Missouri State’s four-time All-American Lily Johnson, Western Kentucky’s three-time conference Setter of the Year Jessica Lucas, and Florida State’s beach All-American Vanessa Freire.

To be eligible for the award, an athlete must have earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and completed eligibility in that sport.

In this round, each school was eligible to nominate female student-athletes who are graduating and have completed their eligibility. Next, each conference will select up to two conference nominees from the pooled school nominees (in sports where teams compete in a conference outside of their normal conference, there is a special pool created). Then, that list is reduced to 30 athletes – 10 from each of the NCAA’s 3 divisions

In September, 9 finalists (3 from each division) will be named, with an awards ceremony honoring the final 30 in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 28th. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee chooses the ultimate winner.

Last year, Johnson C. Smith University’s Morgan Hasty represented volleyball in the top-30.

All Volleyball Nominees

Name School Sport
Haley Barnes High Point University Volleyball
Madison Bingle Coker College Volleyball
Tasha Bojanic Portland State University Volleyball
Amy Boswell Usevitch Brigham Young University Volleyball
Brieanne Brown The University of Texas at Tyler Volleyball
Brianna Burkhalter Urbana University Volleyball
Natalie Cignetti Indiana University of Pennsylvania Volleyball
Brook Conley Cameron University Volleyball
Lauren Corby University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Volleyball
Torrin Crawford University of Idaho Volleyball
Kaily Erdman Concordia University Wisconsin Volleyball
Sidnee Jo Fitzpatrick Dallas Baptist University Volleyball
Jessica Fontana Hiram College Volleyball
Kristen Gengenbacher University of San Diego Volleyball
Bryanna Godfrey Alfred State College Volleyball
Kira Grev Martin Luther College Volleyball
Lauren Hackett California Baptist University Volleyball
Mackenzie Harrision Fairmont State University Volleyball
Katie Hegarty Southern Methodist University Volleyball
Kayleigh Helgesen Springfield College Volleyball
Megan Hellwege Lindenwood University Volleyball
Lauren Hochstetler Mars Hill University Volleyball
Sydney Holland Winston-Salem State University Volleyball
Sydni Horner Stevens Institute of Technology Volleyball
Allison Jensen University of Wisconsin-Platteville Volleyball
Brittany Jessen University of South Dakota Volleyball
Jelena Jevtic Bluefield State College Volleyball
Lily Johnson Missouri State University Volleyball
Kaleigh Kelley University of South Carolina Upstate Volleyball
Veronica Koval Rider University Volleyball
Rachel Lamica Keene State College Volleyball
Whitney Lloyd University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Volleyball
Jenna Lodewyk Calvin College Volleyball
Jessica Lucas Western Kentucky University Volleyball
Katie McKrell Daemen College Volleyball
Tamara Merseli University of North Dakota Volleyball
Kate Mitchell Southwestern University (Texas) Volleyball
Natalie Montini East Carolina University Volleyball
Mikala Morris Colorado State University-Pueblo Volleyball
Madison Nagel Arkansas Tech University Volleyball
Dakota O’Neill Molloy College Volleyball
Arlicia Ortiz Fayetteville State University Volleyball
Kristi Piedimonte Kennesaw State University Volleyball
Noelle Poloncarz College at Brockport, State University of New York Volleyball
Sophia Proano Colorado Christian University Volleyball
Stacey Reilly University of Louisiana at Lafayette Volleyball
Sara Ridgway Kean University Volleyball
Hailey Roberts Tarleton State University Volleyball
Marisa Rojo University of La Verne Volleyball
Sydney Skelton Henderson State University Volleyball
Katie Staiger Baylor University Volleyball
Jordan Stuckey Albany State University (Georgia) Volleyball
Megan Theiller Fairfield University Volleyball
Kendyl Todd Dominican University (Illinois) Volleyball
Katie Tomasic Miami University (Ohio) Volleyball
Kori Waelbroeck Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Volleyball
Sarah Wallace Swarthmore College Volleyball
Fehrin Ward Black Hills State University Volleyball
Abby Weaver East Texas Baptist University Volleyball
Jessica Wewers Alverno College Volleyball
Carson Williams William Peace University Volleyball
Zoe Wong Haverford College Volleyball
McKenna Larsen Winona State University
Softball, Volleyball
Kaitlyn Mazierski St. John Fisher College
Softball, Volleyball
Lauren Vallee Bay Path University
Softball, Volleyball
Brianna Witter University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Softball, Volleyball
Gabriele Razma Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
Libby Schnoor Cornell College
Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
Kori Bullard Ouachita Baptist University
Basketball, Volleyball
Zaria Comer Notre Dame of Maryland University
Basketball, Volleyball
Jacklyn Doering University of Northwestern-St. Paul
Basketball, Volleyball
Faith Dooley University of North Dakota
Basketball, Volleyball
Nele Barber Long Beach State University Beach Volleyball
Kelsey Chambers The University of Southern Mississippi Beach Volleyball
Vanessa Freire Florida State University Beach Volleyball
Clare-Marie M. Anderson University of Hawaii, Manoa
Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Sydney Haynes California State University, Bakersfield
Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Kristen Mummey College of Charleston (South Carolina)
Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Dameon Myres University of Utah
Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Rachel Nieto Long Beach State University
Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Annika Schwartz Stevenson University
Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Sydney Townsend University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Hannah Troutman University of Portland
Beach Volleyball, Volleyball
Rachel McIntyre New Jersey City University
Bowling, Volleyball


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