St. Louis, Mo., June 21, 2016 — Washington University in St. Louis graduate Allison Zastrow is among the 517 honorees for 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the NCAA.
Zastrow was one of five nominees from the University Athletic Association (UAA) and 169 from NCAA Division III. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which is in its 26th year, honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Zastrow was named the 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Player of the Year and earned first-team All-America accolades. The 2015 University Athletic Association (UAA) Most Valuable Player, Zastrow finished the season ranked second in Division III with 1,525 assists.
She was also named the 2015 Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for Division III Volleyball, and earned the 2015-16 W Club Distinguished Athlete of the Year Award.
Zastrow helped lead the Bears' offense to top-10 rankings in 2015 in kills per set (first-14.41), assists per set (second-13.28), total kills (second-1,902), total assists (second-1,753), and hitting percentage (fifth-.268). In addition to ranking second in the country in total assists, Zastrow was second individually with 11.64 assists per set.
She ranks ninth on WashU's all-time single-season leaderboard with her 1,525 assists this season, and is also 10th in school history with 2,624 career assists.
Zastrow also excelled in the classroom during her four years on the Danforth Campus. Zastrow graduated in May with a 3.63 GPA while majoring in physics. She was a 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First-Team Academic All-District V selection, and earned Academic All-UAA each of the last three years.
Off the court, Zastrow was a four-year member of Kappa Delta Sorority for four years, serving as computer team chair for three and chair for one. She also volunteered at Karen House in 2015, planning and making dinner for residents. In addition, Zastrow was active in the Young Catholic Scholars Faith and Science Program and the ESTEEM Catholic Leadership Program.
The Top 30 nominees (10 per division) for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award will be announced in August, and the Top 9 finalists (three per division) will be selected in September. The 2015 Woman of the Year Award winner will be announced at an awards dinner Sunday, Oct. 16, in Indianapolis.