Missouri's Abby Vock nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com

From the Big 12 Conference

Abby Vock (Missouri) and Michelle Guzman (Texas Tech) are among the college and university nominees for the 21st annual NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Nominees represent all three NCAA divisions.

In order to be eligible for the award, female student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in their primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season and graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term.

Vock earned 2011 All-Big 12 first team honors on the Tigers softball squad that captured the Big 12 title and advanced to the Women's College World Series for the third consecutive year. She led the league with a .786 slugging percentage during conference-only games while also registering the sixth-best batting average (.357), third-most homeruns (5), third-highest on-base percentage (.460) and eighth-most total bases (33).

The second baseman was awarded Missouri's Unsung Hero Award in 2011 while serving as a team captain for the third season. Vock was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and named to both the Commissioner's Honor Roll and College of Business Dean's List eight semesters. The Morrison, Ill., native also received Magna Cum Laude honors.

Vock's community service projects included volunteering at the Columbia Food Bank, University of Missouri Children's Hospital and CASA Youth Softball Clinic.

Guzman was a member of the Texas Tech cross country squad that won its third straight Big 12 title in 2010. The team then recorded a program-best third-place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. She also competed in the 5,000-meter run during indoor track & field and the 10,000-meters during outdoor track & field.

The Giddings, Texas native was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree for both cross country and track & field, and was named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll for five semesters.

Guzman served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, a team captain and was active in FCA. She helped organize Red Raider Play Day, a project held for local children of Lubbock and spoke to children at a local elementary school about the importance of physical fitness. Additional projects included participating in a Student-Athlete Talent Show that benefitted Special Olympics and serving as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer.

The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will choose the top 10 nominees in each division. From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine its top three in each division. Finally, the members of the Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The top 10 honorees from Divisions I, II and III will be honored, and the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year announced in October.