INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 16, 2018) – Mikala Morris of the Colorado State University – Pueblo Volleyball team was listed among the nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Morris (Sr., Tempe, Ariz.) was one of a record 581 nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in 2017-18. Pack Volleyball's Morris was one of 131 nominees from D-II and one of just six nominees from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award, established in 1991, honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Conferences now will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the Top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
Morris was a finalist for the CSU-Pueblo Threlkeld for Excellence, the top senior award at the university. In 2017, Morris was voted a Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America, earning Third Team accolades.
Undefeated in the classroom, Morris graduated with a 4.0 GPA in three majors. She earned her degrees in Mass Communications, Political Science, and Spanish. Morris also had a leadership minor.
Morris earned Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in both 2016 and 2018. She was a four-time member of the RMAC's All-Academic Honor Roll.
On the court, Morris totaled 143 career kills. Defensively she accounted for 114 career digs and 77 total blocks.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.