Krista Vansant of the University of Washington, the CWSA's 2014
Honda Sport Award winner for Volleyball, and Kim Jacob of the
University of Alabama, the 2014 Honda Cup winner and Sport Award
winner for gymnastics, were formally presented with the prestigious
Awards during home football games over the weekend.
Both were in attendance in Los Angeles on June 30th for the CBS Sports Network broadcast of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda where they were recognized as the best student-athletes in the nation in their respective sports.
The Honda sport award signifies the best in any sport and the on-campus presentations give the CWSA the opportunity to recognize the deserving student-athlets in front of their own fans and teammates.
Named the 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year, Vansant also earned a nod on the AVCA All-America first-team. The junior outside hitter from Redlands, Calif., was named the 2013 Pac-12 Player of the Year while leading the Huskies to their first Final Four since 2006. Washington finished the season with a 30-3 record, winning the Pac-12 Conference for the first time since 2005 with an 18-2 league record.
Vansant finished the season with 511 kills, fifth-most in single season school history, and most in the 25-point scoring era. She averaged 4.41 per set while hitting .320. She had career-highs with 33 aces and averaged 0.70 blocks and a career-best 2.82 digs per set. Vansant climbed up to fifth in career kills at Washington this season, now with 1,328.
Jacob won the 2014 NCAA All-Around title, the highest individual honor at the 2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championship and competed in 11 of 12 events at the national championships, most of any gymnast in the meet. She is an 11-time NCAA All-American, including four first-team honors in 2014, the most in the nation and earned first-team All-SEC this season.
In the classroom, her performance is just as impressive. The SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year for a conference-record third year in a row, she was also most recently named the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the YearShe is a first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American and a two-time NCAA Elite 89 Award. She has received a 2014 SEC Postgraduate Scholarship and and NCAA postgraduate scholarship while being a finalist for the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. On campus she was inducted into the 26th order of XXXI, the University of Alabama elite women's leadership honorary and is a two-time Alabama Community Service award winner.
The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The 2015 awards seasons open this fall with winners being selected from the sports of cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. All Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Cup award presented in June.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 38 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.