Peterson from Northwestern-St. Paul Named DIII Honda Athlete of the Year Nominee for Volleyball

Courtesy of Russ and Kathy Nelson
Courtesy of Russ and Kathy Nelson

Lindsey Peterson, a junior from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, was named the 2017 DIII 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 DIII 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 Sheffield, Iowa, the outside hitter was named the 2016 AVCA Player of the Year and AVCA first-team All-American. The two-time UMAC Player of the Year, she helped her team to its first NCAA Championship semifinal appearance and a school-record 34 wins on the year.

Peterson led her team and ranked in the top 10 nationally all season in kills per set (4.73), kills (638), points per set (5.24) and points (708). She set a new program record for single-season kills and helped out defensively ranking second on the team with 4.43 digs per set.

"This is amazing and I am honored to be a nominee,” stated Peterson. “I can't even tell you how much this means. I really can't take any credit for this though, as I wouldn't be in this position without my teammates and coaches. They've pushed me to not only be the best volleyball player I can be, but also the best person I can be. I really owe them so much and couldn't have accomplished anything without their constant love, encouragement, and support. It's always a team effort and I'm so thankful for the team I get to play with."

“It's an incredible honor for Lindsey to be named a finalist for the Honda Athlete of the Year Award,” said head coach Beth Wilmeth. “She's been a standout player for our program over the past several years, but it's the person and leader that she's becoming that is really special to witness.”

All sports nominees from DIII and DII 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 DIII and DII 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 $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.