B-CU's Armstrong Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman University volleyball player Phylecia Armstrong has been nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman Of The Year award, it was announced on Tuesday.
A total of 543 nominees – the most ever in the 27-year history of the program – are up for the award, including 229 women from the Division I ranks. The award celebrates the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female student-athletes from the Division I, II and III levels.
To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by summer 2017. Eligible female student-athletes are nominated by their member school, whose corresponding conference office reviews nominations and submits nominees to the NCAA.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee narrows the field to a Top-30 – 10 women from each division – and then three finalists from each division. The 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be selected from the Top-9 and announced on Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
Armstrong, a native of Tacariqua, Trinidad and Tobago, completed her B-CU career last fall, graduating with a degree in Physical Education. She finished as the program's all-time blocks leader (317) after setting the single-season record with 108. She also posted the program's single-game hitting percentage record of .750 (15 kills in 20 attempts with no errors) in a win a Tulane. She was a second-team All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selection in 2016.
She was part of a recruiting class that produced the program's first-ever wins over Florida A&M and its first appearance in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship match in 2015.
“As a coach you dream of having a player like Phyl in your program,” said B-CU Head Coach Brittany Williams. “ She was an excellent leader and role model both in the classroom and on the court. Her legacy will forever live on here at BCU, she is the standard of what we look for in our future Lady Wildcats.”