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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Former Torero volleyball standout Alaysia Brown was named a finalist for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Now in its 25th year, the 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. Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics.
The nominee field will be cut to 30 and then the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year. The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.
Brown was recently named the 2015 West Coast Conference Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also was awarded the WCC's Postgraduate Scholarship at the WCC Honors Dinner earlier this month. Brown is the first Torero to ever to earn both honors.
Brown graduated with a 3.80 GPA in Psychology with a minor in English and compiled one of the most notable volleyball careers at the University of San Diego. A two-time All-WCC First Team selection, Brown helped the Toreros to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet-16 berth in 2013. Following her standout career, Brown was selected to compete in the US Collegiate All-Star Showcase.
Brown turned in a remarkable resume of success in the classroom as well. The Fresno, Calif. native was a two-time WCC All-Academic selection and served as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and volunteered at numerous not-for-profit organizations including Adopt A Family, Toys for Tots and the San Diego Food Bank.
Brown became the third WCC female student-athlete (sixth overall) to ever win the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Postgraduate Scholarship and is the first since Portland's Jessica Tsao accomplished the feat in 2011.
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