Three From WCC Named NCAA Woman of the Year Nominees
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Threee student-athletes from West Coast Conference institutions have been selected as 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees as announced by the association. Portland cross country and women's soccer student-athlete Parkes Kendrick, Pepperdine beach volleyball student-athlete Delaney Knudsen and San Diego volleyball student-athlete Lauren Schad are three of the nominees that are in consideration for the prestigious award.
The NCAA 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.
Parkes Kendrick, Portland Kendrick,who was the 2016 WCC Sportsmanship Award Winner, has participated for the Pilots women's soccer and cross country programs while posting a perfect 4.00 GPA in mathematics with minors in French and biology. A testament to her strong academic credentials, she was selected as a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Rhodes Scholarship. Kendrick finished sixth overall at the 2016 WCC Cross Country Championships and 32nd overall at the NCAA West Regional championships.
Delaney Knudsen, Pepperdine Schad graduated with a 3.736 GPA in business administration after earning All-America honors and helping the Waves to a spot in the 2017 NCAA National Championship match. Knudsen went 20-12 overall alongside her No. 1 pairs partner to pick up Volleyball Magazine and AVCA All-America honors. She finishes her Pepperdine career with an overall record of 81-31.
Lauren Schad, San Diego
Schad became the 13th All-American in San Diego volleyball history after also being selected first-team All-WCC in 2016. The middle blocker was second on the team in kills with 273 (2.76 kps) while hitting for a .410 clip. She was also second on the team in blocks with 69 and finished her career 10th in the San Diego record book for career blocks.