LAKELAND, Fla. - Former Florida Southern College Volleyball all-American Nicole Mattson has been named as one of two Sunshine State Conference nominees for the 2018-19 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, it was announced on Monday. Mattson was one of 581 preliminary nominees, 131 from the Division II ranks, to be nominated to this year's award. She is one of just 149 nominees from across the country to earn her conference's nomination.
A two-time, first team all-American and two-time South Region Player of the Year, Mattson was nominated for the award based on her excellence in athletics, academics, leadership, and service. A four-time Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll selection, Mattson graduated from Florida Southern in May with a grade-point average of 3.72 as a double major in computer science and mathematics.
A key part of the 2017 Moccasin squad that advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship match, Mattson was also involved in a number of community outreach initiatives, including coaching and mentoring youth volleyball players.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
The nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.
Next, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.