FAIRBANKS-She is one of the greatest UAF volleyball players of all time and now she is getting some very high recognition from the NCAA. UAF graduate and former volleyball player Sam Harthun has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
This award was started in 1991 and is based on academics, athletics, service and leadership.
At the end of her senior season Harthun set a new GNAC and program record for kills in a career with 1,513. She was an unanimous first-team All-GNAC selection and led the conference in kills per set and points per set that last three years.
The Oregon City, Oregon native graduated from UAF with a Bachelor's in Art in May.
Harthun is one of 517 honorees. 117 are from Division II and 56 are volleyball players. The conference picks for women of the year will made this summer. Then the NCAA will pick the top 30 from that pool of nominees; 10 from each division of the NCAA.
The awards ceremony is Oct 16 in Indianapolis.