BROOKLINE, Mass. - Class of 2017 graduate of Newbury College Courtney Banks isn't finished making an impact at her now alma mater, as she has secured the Nighthawks nomination for 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.
In it's 27th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in not only the field of athletics, but also the classroom and campus community.
Banks, a four-year starter on the Nighthawks volleyball team, holds a number of program records and conference awards in her time at Newbury College. Banks set a program record for career kills with 1,345, eclipsing the old mark by just six kills. Banks was a two-time Player of the Year in the New England Collegaite Conference in 2014 and 2015 and was the NECC Rookie of the Year in 2013.
A record 543 female student-athletes have been nominated for this award, including 229 nominees from Division I, 117 from Division II, and 197 from Division III. The 543 student-athletes also includes a cumulative GPA of 3.69
The 543 female student-athletes will be whittled down to 30 nominees, 10 from each division, as selected by the Woman of the Year selection committee.
From those 30 student-athletes, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine total finalists in September.
After those nine names have been announced, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics takes over responsibility from the selection committee, making the final decision on NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will all be recognized on October 22 at the annual Woman of the Year award ceremony in Indianapolis, concluding with the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year announcement.
Banks joins Kathleen Tuechler (Elms College), as the only members of the NECC to be nominated for the Woman of the Year award.
Portions of this release courtesy NCAA Media Relations.