CASTINE, Maine -- Jessica Menges (Old Forge, N.Y.) has been selected as a nominee for both the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) and NCAA Woman of the Year awards.
Menges, a May 7 graduate, was selected as the NAC's first Volleyball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and as the Maine Maritime Academy Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year this past season for excelling academically and athletically throughout her undergraduate experience. She dual majored in Marine Biology and Small Vessel Operations, which is one of the most challenging programs at Maine Maritime. She was named to the Dean's List and as a Presidential and Distinguished Scholar, while amassing countless certifications in her field of study and as a dedicated leader on campus.
She earned NAC All-Academic Team honors, was considered among the Maine Maritime "Elite 8" (highest GPA in class) and was involved in many extracurricular activities and clubs. The senior opted into the Regiment of Midshipman, was the treasurer of the Society of Subsea Engineers Club, was a member of the Honor Board and the Dive Club, and was instrumental in organizing VolleyKids, which is a program run by MMA volleyball for local youth grades K-5.
On the court, Menges was a four-year member and two-year captain for the Mariners and earned NAC Volleyball All-Tournament Team honors in 2013, while also participating in four NAC Volleyball Championship Title matches. She was a consistent all-around contributor for Maine Maritime, as she played all six rotations and was honored as a NAC Defensive Player of the Week. This season, she played in all 31 of the Mariners' matches and tallied 213 digs, 102 kills, 38 service aces, 23 assists, and 9 blocks. Menges also lettered in softball at Maine Maritime in 2013.
Eight female student-athletes are up for the prestigious NAC award which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete experience, while Menges joins 168 Division III nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Both the NAC Man of the Year and Woman of the Year awards are modeled after the NCAA's Woman of the Year program, which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
The NAC Man of the Year nominees will be announced on Wednesday, June 22. Both the NAC Man and Woman of the Year award winners will be announced in late July, and will be honored on their campuses during the 2016-17 academic year.
This marks the 26th year of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award program, which was started in 1991.
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