Marti Corby, a sophomore midfielder from the Grand Valley State University, was named the 2015 DII Woman of the Year nominee for soccer as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DII Woman Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 39th year.
Corby, a native of Ada, Mich., helped lead her squad to the 2014 DII National Championship title and was named a first-team NSCAA All-American. She is a two-time All-GLIAC first-team honoree after her team won its 10th GLIAC championship.
She finished the season with 12 goals and 13 assists for 37 points. Her assists and goals ranked second on the team, while her point total was third. Off the field, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-American squad earning All-America honors alongside just three other sophomores.
"I am really shocked, “ stated Corby. “I never imagined this, but it feels amazing to be recognized for my hard work throughout the season. I was really happy with how the year went. My focus was just on winning every game, especially once it got down to the wire. I wasn't focused on getting points. I was just focused on doing my job for the team. In doing that, and working hard, the goals and assists came."
"It's an honor for her,” said head coach Jeff Hosler. “Marti is a very humble kid. She's someone who puts her nose to the ground and does the work. She is, obviously, very, very talented as a player. She's very skilled on the ball, has tremendous vision and, not only can set other players up, but get herself to goal and be dangerous. Her style of play is a reflection of who she is as a person. She is willing to do whatever is best for the group. For someone as talented as she is to be so dedicated to all the all the other details -- fitness, supportive of teammates, pushing teammates -- her teammates have a ton of respect for her, because of the way she approaches the game and life. She does so well in the classroom. She likes to give back. When we were working with kids in Petoskey, Michigan or doing our community engagement (at the NCAA Division II Fall Festival), she was the first one jumping up to go grab a kid by the hand and pull them into a group. She is a fantastic representative of Grand Valley State and what our soccer program stands for. “
All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DII and DIII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
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.