TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State beach volleyball’s Vanessa Freire has been named as a 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award nominee, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics announced this week.
A 2018 AVCA All-American, Freire graduates from Florida State as one of the most accomplished beach volleyball players the program has ever seen. As a two-year team captain, Freire led the Seminoles to a pair of record-setting seasons, and became one of only six players in program history to reach 100 career overall wins. Freire saw three CCSA Conference Championships and two NCAA National Runner-up finishes in her career.
Freire balanced her athletic career with both schoolwork and community service, acting as the Vice President of FSU’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years and playing a large role in the Women in Leadership Development program (W.I.L.D.) all four years of her college career.
In 2016, the NCAA selected her to represent Division I athletics at the Youth Leadership Program hosted by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, where participants developed strategies on how to change lives through the use of sport.
Freire graduated from FSU in May of this year with a double major in marketing and advertising, and earned a spot on either the Dean’s List, the ACC Honor Roll or the CCSA Honor Roll every one of her four years. She was most recently added to the 2018 ACC Honor Roll and was named a recipient of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgrad Scholarship earlier this year.
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 nominees competed in 20 different women’s sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 251 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 199 from Division III. A program-record 170 were multisport athletes in college.
The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics manages the nomination process and selections. In 2017, a record-number 543 female college athletes representing multiple ethnicities and all NCAA-sponsored sports within Divisions I, II and III, were nominated.
Because FSU beach volleyball is a member of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association, associate conference nominees and independent nominees will be sent to a separate pool to be considered by a committee. The committee will then decide the nominees to move forward to the conference round.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.
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