Former Canisius volleyball player Emily Elek is one of eight female student-athletes from Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference member institutions to be nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the NCAA has announced. Elek, who earned her undergraduate degree in athletic training from Canisius in May, earned four varsity letters as a member of the school’s volleyball program from 2010-13.
In all, 456 female student-athletes were nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Of those nominees, 205 participated at the Division I level, 75 participated at the Division II level and 166 played a varsity sport at the Division III level.
Elek closed out her career in a Canisius uniform with 989 kills, which ranks 10th all-time in program history. The former team captain also recorded 605 digs and 227 total blocks (40 solo, 187 block assists) in 120 career matches played. She was named the 2013 Bucknell Invitational Tournament MVP and she was a three-time MAAC All-Academic honoree. During her time at the College, she was active on campus as well, serving as an officer for the Canisius Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for two years and represented Canisius on the MAAC SAAC. She was awarded the Cannon Leadership Award in the fall of 2013 at Canisius and she was also honored as the MVP of her Canisius Athletic Training Class in four-straight years. She also received the Canisius Campus Ministry Award in 2012-13 and she was recognized as the Pedro Arrupe Campus Ministry Award winner in 2014.
“Emily has been an exemplary student-athlete that embodies what Canisius is all about,” Canisius head volleyball coach Cathy Hummel said. “Her dedication to our volleyball program, in the classroom and to the community is top-notch. She is respected and well liked by everyone at the College. We will miss her contributions to our volleyball team now that she has graduated, but she joins a long, distinguished list of former Griffs that proudly represent our program and Canisius as she moves into the professional world.”
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
To be eligible for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, a nominee must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2013-14 competitive season and received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term. Nominees must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.The top 30 honorees (10 from each division) will be honored, and the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis Oct. 19.