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Barr Named a Top 30 Honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

September 6, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Barr is the first Liberty student-athlete in school history to reach the top 30 for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

Barr is the first Liberty student-athlete in school history to reach the top 30 for the NCAA Woman of the Year.

2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Listing
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Former Liberty field hockey student-athlete Serena Barr has been named a Top 30 Honoree for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as announced by the Women of the Year selection committee.

Barr is the first Liberty student-athlete in school history to reach the top 30 for the NCAA Woman of the Year.  She is one of 10 Division I athletes and the only field hockey student-athlete to be named on the listing.

"I am very honored and humbled to be included in the final 30," Barr said. "After seeing all the accolades and achievements of the other nominees, it's amazing to see the number of talented athletes and passionate people not only succeeding but most importantly, looking to make a difference for others and using their times and gifts effectively. Seeing all the amazing things many of these women have done with their time, I don't feel worthy at all to be held up alongside them."

Schools nominated a record 543 women for the award this year, which conferences then narrowed down to 145 nominees to be considered by the committee. Former Liberty women's soccer student-athlete Holly Van Noord was nominated alongside Barr, as a Big South Conference representative.

The committee made its selections for the Top 30 based on excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. In late September, the selection committee will announce three women from each division as the nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then choose the 2017 Woman of the Year, which will be named at a ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 22.

Barr graduated summa cum laude from Liberty in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in public health and a perfect 4.00 GPA. She became the first Liberty field hockey student-athlete to be named an academic All-American, garnering 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America® At-Large second team distinction in early June.

The Lurgan, Northern Ireland native is currently pursuing a master's degree in dietetics at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

In her final season in a Lady Flames uniform, she was named to the 2016 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America second team, becoming the second All-American in program history.

Barr was chosen as the 2016 Zag Field Hockey National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Scholar Athlete in late March. The Northern Ireland native was the only NCAA Division I field hockey-student athlete to receive the honor. In late July, she was recognized with the 2016-17 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, one of 22 BIG EAST student-athletes and the lone field hockey representative from the league.

Her lengthy list of accomplishments also includes CoSIDA Academic All-District™ honors in May. She then went on to receive the Big South Conference's George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence, given annually to the male and female-student athletes who attain the highest GPA during their college careers.

Barr also was named to the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction lists in all four seasons she competed for the Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team. Barr was named the Best Female Athlete of the Year by her peers at the 2017 FLAMESPY Award Show.

In her final season on the field in 2016, Barr guided the Lady Flames to a runner-up finish in their inaugural season in the BIG EAST Conference and was voted BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year for her efforts. She tallied eight goals, 11 assists and team-high 27 points on the season.

Barr is the Liberty field hockey program's all-time leader in assists (29) while ranking third in points (96), second in shots (211) and fifth in game-winning goals (6).  

Barr's impact on Liberty and the community stretched far beyond the field hockey program. She volunteered her time in many places throughout the Lynchburg community and surrounding area, generously giving of her time. Barr spent countless hours of her college career serving through opportunities provided by Liberty Academic Affairs for Athletics.

Some of Barr's community service activities included, but were not limited to: Reading Buddies, Dream Team Mentorship Program, 21st Century Grant Program Volunteer, A Dollar Makes a Difference School Supply Drive, Parkside Community Center Food for Families, Blue Ridge Community Center Homeless Shelter Volunteer and Sandusky Middle School After School Program Tutor. Barr also spent significant time throughout her undergraduate years serving in Uganda with her family's organization, Charlene's Project.