Annie Wolfe, a senior from the University of Nebraska Kearney, was named the 2017 DII Athlete of the Year nominee for volleyball 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 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 41st year.
Hailing from Omaha, Neb., the outside hitter was named the 2016 DII AVCA Player of the Year and AVCA first-team All-American. She was the 2016 MIAA Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-MIAA honoree.
She finished the 2016 season ranked 10th nationally in hitting pct. (.380) and was among her team leaders in every key statistical category this year as she averaged 3.08 kills, 3.04 digs, 0.80 assists, 0.69 blocks and 0.19 aces per set.
For her career, she ranks 17th in school history in career digs with 1,214 and was part of four NCAA Tournament teams and two MIAA title squads.
"It's really cool to receive an award like this especially since I was never a huge hitter or dominating presence on the court,“ stated Wolfe. “I think it shows having a balanced game and working hard can really pay off.”
"On behalf of Loper volleyball, we are honored to have Annie recognized by Honda for this prestigious award,” said head coach Rick Squiers. “She has been a tremendous representative of our program and the University of Nebraska Kearney for the past four years. Annie is a shining example of all that is right with college athletics.”
All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on June 26, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles. 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 41 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 $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.