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June 20, 2013

Rachel Robertson named 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee

COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Rachel Robertson has been named a nominee for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year, announced by the NCAA and the Lone Star Conference. She is one of four LSC nominees, joining Eastern New Mexico’s Hannah Altheide, Angelo State’s Alex Woolsey and Texas Woman’s Jordan Readicker.

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.

Robertson concluded her stellar A&M-Commerce career this past season, being named the LSC’s Offensive Player of the Year in volleyball after leading the conference in hitting percentage, kills and points per set. She concluded her career third all-time in career kills for the Lions (1,359) while being named a three-time All-LSC selection.

In her senior season, Robertson also competed with the Lion track and field team, competing in the high jump. She notched four top-five finishes on the season, including a first-place showing at the East Texas Invitational.

Academically, Robertson was also a standout, being named a two-time Capital One Academic All-District and LSC All-Academic team selection. A two-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection, Robertson was also recently recognized as one of A&M-Commerce’s Lone Star Conference Scholar-Athletes.

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.

A total of 455 female student-athletes were nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of those nominees, 214 participated in Division I, 90 participated in Division II, and 151 participated in Division III athletics. 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.

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