Sydney Townsend, junior defensive specialist at Nebraska University, was rewarded with the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Volleyball Elite 90 award on Wednesday December 14, 2016 at the NCAA Championship banquet in Columbus, Ohio.
The Elite 90 award is awarded to student-athletes who are sophomores or above, have participated in their sport for at least two years, and have the highest cumulative grade-point-average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships. Recipients must also be an active traveling member of the team and have the right amount of credits completed to receive this award.
The Elite 90 award is to recognize those student-athlete’s for men’s and women’s championships across all three NCAA divisions. Abby Moffit, a junior from Wheeling Jesuit, won the Elite 90 award for women’s volleyball Division II with a GPA of 3.99. Alyssa Scholten, a junior from Calvin, won the award for Division III with a 4.0 GPA.
Townsend is a biochemistry major with a 3.8 cumulative GPA, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and a four time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll recipient. Townsend reached her career-high 15 digs last season and served 14 aces and calculated 58 digs for a season average of 0.54 digs per set. Here is a complete list of awarded Elite 90 winners for 2016.
No. 1 Nebraska is in the final four versus No. 4 Texas on December 15 at 9:30 p.m. and No. 6 Stanford plays No. 2 Minnesota at 7:00 p.m (Eastern time). The finals will be played on December 17, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.