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Blocker Named Finalist for Big South Woman of the Year Award
The Big South Conference announced today that Liberty women's soccer player Karen Blocker is one of two finalists for the conference's 2012-13 Woman of the Year Award. Joining Blocker as a finalist is High Point women's soccer player Janay Whittaker.
The award is sponsored by Big South Corporate Partner Musco Sports Lighting, and the winner will be announced and presented her award on Thursday, May 30 at the Big South's Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner in Hot Springs, Va.
The Big South's Woman of the Year selection committee voted Blocker and Whittaker as the two finalists among the 13 candidates nominated for the award. The Big South's Woman of the Year winner is nominated as a candidate for the national NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Blocker concluded her four-year career this past fall after appearing in 67 games for the Lady Flames – all starts at goalkeeper. She ended her time at Liberty tied for third in Big South history with 67 appearances, third with 6156:27 minutes in net and tied for fifth in career saves with 339. Blocker finished her career with a .788 career save percentage, 5.06 saves per game and 27 victories – tied for seventh in the conference record book. She is also tied for sixth in league history with a school-record 20 shutouts and was voted all-conference twice in her career, including this past season after going 11-7-3 with a school-record 0.74 goals-against average, .843 save percentage and nine shutouts.
A nursing major, Blocker has volunteered with local soccer camps while at Liberty, and has been involved with various overseas missions where she has performed soccer clinics for underprivileged individuals. Those missions took her to Nassau, East Asia and Brazil where she worked in orphanages, taught English and assisted with food distribution, in addition to the soccer clinics. The team captain has also led Bible study classes for girls and has been a volunteer national patroller with the National Ski Patrol since 2005. Blocker's time as a volunteer includes serving as an emergency contact babysitter for local foster children and she was one of 16 students selected for the Pediatric Richmond Program, which allowed her to study pediatrics at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, Va.