CHICAGO – University of Chicago volleyball player Maren Loe is one of the nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, as announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.
The 517 nominees for the award are the most ever in the 26-year history of the Woman of the Year program, which was established in 1991. NCAA Division III member schools accounted for 169 of the nominees.
According to the NCAA website, the NCAA Woman of the Year seeks to honor "graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership."
Each conference proceeds to pick two nominees from its member institutions to put forward. The Woman of the Year selection committee then chooses the top 30 honorees, with 10 from each division of the NCAA. From that pool, nine finalists (top three from each division) are announced in September. The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be acknowledged on Oct. 16 in Indianapolis at the annual award ceremony.
Loe completed her four-year career at UChicago as the most decorated volleyball player in school history. As a Class of 2016 graduate, Loe holds the school records for most kills in a career (1,960) and most kills in a season (617). She also ranks sixth in career digs (1,378), eighth in aces (150) and eighth in block assists (189).
In the 2015 campaign, Loe broke the school record for career kills (previously 1,580) versus Bethel University on Sept. 19. She went on to post the second-highest season kills total in school history with 560. By season's end, she was named First Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), First Team All-University Athletic Association, and Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Loe's career accolades included All-American honors twice, All-Region status twice and UAA Most Valuable Player once. The UAA also recognized her on the UAA All-Academic team three times.