Liberty graduated senior women's tennis player Brittany Yang has been recognized by the NCAA as one of 480 nominees by their athletic departments. The 480 nominees marks the most ever in NCAA history.
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.
The NCAA encourages member schools, from all three divisions, to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. The conferences then assess each nominee's eligibility and selects up to two conference nominees. The conference nominees are then forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees, 10 from each division.
From the top 30, 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.
Yang, a Newnan, Ga., native was a two-time Big South all-conference doubles honoree as well as a three-time Big South all-academic honoree. In addition, Yang was named the 2015 Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year. Yang was also named to the 2015 VaSID first team all-state doubles squad. In 2014, Yang was tabbed to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III squad.
Yang finished her career with 66 singles wins, ranking second most all-time in program history. In addition, Yang finished third in all-time doubles wins with 70.
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