Manhattan Announces NCAA Woman Of The Year Nominees
Riverdale, NY – Two recent Manhattan College graduates are among the record 543 nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Jenny Bitzer and Allie Yamashiro were both nominated for the honor, which recognizes graduating female student-athletes who've distinguished themselves in academics, service and leadership throughout their college careers.
A two year letterwinner on the women's soccer team after transferring from Louisiana Tech, Bitzer is a two-time Second Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selection, as well as the conference's 2015 Defensive Player of the Year. That season, she was part of a defense that allowed a MAAC-low 14 goals on the year, including just three in league play, and registered 11 shutouts. Bitzer also scored two goals during her time in Riverdale, one of which was a game-winner.
In addition, she was one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS® Award. Bitzer, who received her undergraduate degree in management in May, was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team in 2016. She was also honored as Manhattan's Senior Scholar Student-Athlete at the J.A.S.P.Y.S.
Yamashiro was a four-year starter on the volleyball team and is the Jaspers' all-time leader in digs (2,264). She also holds program records for matches (133) and sets (502) played, and she's seventh on the career list with 152 service aces. A two-time tem captain, Yamashiro was a MAAC All-Rookie Team selection in 2013.
She was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team three straight times (2014-16) and received her undergraduate degree in exercise science in May. The Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Yamashiro also served as the Vice President for Communication of the Manhattan College Student Government, as well as the President of Phi Epsilon Kappa (the Exercise Science Honor Society). She received the Ms. Jasper Award, which goes to a female student-athlete who's a well-rounded representation of what a Manhattan College student should be, at the 2017 J.A.S.P.Y.S.The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will select the top 30 candidates (10 per division), and the nine finalists will be determined from that list. The winner will be announced at the annual NCAA Woman of the Year Award ceremony on Oct. 22.