JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - NCAA member colleges and universities have nominated 480 female student-athletes – the most ever in the history of the program – for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Among the 207 nominees in the Division I category is Jacksonville University's Sammie Strausbaugh.
Strausbaugh graduated summa cum laude in three years with a perfect 4.0 GPA in exercise science. The 2014 A-Sun Player of the Year, she led the Dolphins to back-to-back A-Sun Championship titles and NCAA appearances in 2013 and 2014. In her three seasons with the Dolphins she was a 1000 kill and 1000 dig club member becoming the all-time kills leader in program history with 1366.
This year she was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team while recording 20 or more kills in 10 matches and a double-double in 25 of 34 matches. Strausbaugh ranked 10th nationally with 567 kills, 17th nationally with 4.50 kills per set and 19th with 4.99 points per set while leading the A-Sun in all three categories. She also had a league best 0.37 aces per set.
Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
In addition to her on the court success, Strausbaugh was awarded Jacksonville University's Fred B. Noble Gold Medal for the highest GPA in the graduating class. She also participated and directed several youth clinics and fitness programs in addition to her volunteer work for the 26.2 with Donna marathon in Jacksonville and Feeding Northeast Florida for JU's Day of Service
Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.
To view the list of school nominees, click here.