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Arizona's Laura Larson nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Athletics has tabbed volleyball’s Laura Larson as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee for 2017. Larson was selected for her combination of success in the four pillars of the Woman of the Year award, academics, athletics, service, and leadership.

Larson is looking to become Arizona's fifth NCAA Woman of the Year award winner. The UA's four winners are more than any school in the country. In addition to the four winners, Arizona has also had five finalists for the prestigious NCAA recognition.

A Lakeville, Minn. native, Larson was a four-year letterwinner, who appeared in a school-record 136 matches. She was part of a senior class that won 83 matches, the most since the 2003 senior class, and appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Larson ranks second on Arizona’s all-time list with 482 sets played and fifth in school history with 1,228 digs. She tallied 505 digs in 2016, which ranks second on UA’s single-season list.

Larson was also a standout in the classroom, having earned a degree in molecular and cellular biology with a 3.97 GPA. The 2016 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball, Larson was a three-time first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection. She also earned Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors in 2014.

Larson was one of the most active Wildcats in the community and in leadership organizations within the athletics department. Totalling 60.5 community service hours, she was involved with numerous clinics and school appearances, spent time visiting local children’s hospitals, volunteered at the Hope Animal Shelter, and was involved in Habitat for Humanity builds. Larson was a three-year member of Arizona’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), was part of the Academic and Life Skills subcommittees, and served as Arizona’s representative at the Pac-12 SAAC meetings. She was also a member of Arizona’s Peer Athletics Leaders (PAL) group and served as volleyball’s liaison to Team IMPACT.

Eligible female student-athletes for the NCAA Woman of the Year award are nominated by their member school. Each conference office then reviews the nominations from its core member schools (and sponsored sports) and submits its conference nominee(s) to the NCAA. Then, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30, 10 from each division, and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics selects the winner from the Top 9.

All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2017 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the JW Marriott Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.

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