Penn State's Fawcett Named Honda Award Winner for Volleyball
Jan. 22, 2009
Penn State volleyball player Nicole Fawcett was chosen as the Honda Award winner, given to the nation’s top collegiate female volleyball player. The honor was based on results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program, now in its 33rd year.
By earning the Honda Award for volleyball, Fawcett is now automatically nominated as one of 12 student-athletes for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year honor. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA member institutions, and the winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup at a ceremony in New York in June.
Fawcett is the third Big Ten player to earn the award, joining Illinois’ Mary Eggers in 1989 and Penn State’s Lauren Cacciamani in 1999.
The senior outside hitter was also named the AVCA Player of the Year and the Big Ten Player of the Year following the 2008 season in which she led the Nittany Lions to their second consecutive NCAA title and an undefeated season. The 2008 Penn State squad became the only team in NCAA Division I, II or III history to complete a regular season without dropping a single set.