Senior defender Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.) of the UCLA women's soccer team and UCLA senior tennis standout Robin Anderson (Matawan, N.J.) were formally presented with the prestigious Honda Sport Award during the UCLA football game on Saturday as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda.
Dahlkemper and Anderson 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 athletes in the nation in their respective sports. At the televised event they were in the running to be “the best of the best in collegiate athletics” as each of the 12 sport winners vied for the coveted Honda Cup.
The Honda sport award signifies the best in any sport and the on-campus presentation gives the CWSA the opportunity to recognize the student-athletes in front of their own fans and teammates. The awards were presented on field by Steve Morikawa, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Dahlkemper was the leader of a 2013 UCLA defense that ranked No. 1 in the nation in team goals against average (0.30) and shut out a school-record 18 opponents, including five of six in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruin defense allowed just eight goals all season and only one in postseason play. A 24-game starter, Dahlkemper finished the year ranked second on the team in minutes played (2,194) and contributed one goal and two assists from her center back position.
Dahlkemper was honored for the third consecutive year as a NSCAA All-American, All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-12 member and is the first defender in 10 years to be selected a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. She was also named the NSCAA Scholar All-America Player of the Year and earned NSCAA first-team Scholar All-American and All-West Region honors in addition to Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors and Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention acclaim for the second consecutive year.
Anderson was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and closed the season ranked second in the nation in singles and fifth nationally as part of her doubles team. She has earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles in each of her three seasons with UCLA and is a three-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection.
She helped lead UCLA to the NCAA title last year posting victories in both singles and doubles in the final match. She was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and completed her season with a 34-6 singles record and a 34-2 doubles mark.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 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.