2013 Graduate Marilee Fisher Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
St. Louis, Mo., June 19, 2013 – 2013 Washington University in St. Louis graduate Marilee Fisher has made the initital list of contenders for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the NCAA announced Wednesday. Fisher is one of 455 student-athletes across all NCAA divisions and sports vying for the award.
Fisher, a four-time All-American at Washington University, was a starter on the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship squad and led her teams to a combined 134-14 career record. She earned 2012 Capital One Second-Team Academic All-America honors as a senior after picking up third-team accolades in 2011.
Fisher is one of three players in school history to receive All-America recognition all four seasons in her career. She was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America first team for the third-straight season (2010-12) after earning second-team honors in 2009. Fisher was also a four-time AVCA All-Region honoree and received all-University Athletic Association (UAA) first-team honors for the third-straight season in 2012.
Fisher graduated with a 3.59 grade point average while majoring in chemistry. She finished her career with 4,475 assists, which ranks fourth on Washington University’s all-time list. In 2012, Fisher averaged 9.60 assists per set and was second on the team with 30 service aces and third with 201 digs.
The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. 2012 Washington University graduate Elizabeth Phillips was named the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year, becoming the first student-athlete in school history to earn the accolade and just the third in NCAA Division III history.
Every year, the NCAA encourages each member college and university to honor its top one or two graduating female student-athletes by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. Each conference then selects one or two women from the nominees to represent the conference. Those names are then sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will then vote from among the finalists to determine the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year. The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20.