June 19, 2015 PITTSBURGH
- Duquesne's Devon Tabata
(soccer) and Arielle Love
(volleyball) are among 480 female student-athletes - including 11 from the Atlantic 10 Conference - nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Of the record number of nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics. The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.
To view the list of all nominees, click here
Arielle Love | Duquesne University
Volleyball | Hometown: Maple Heights, Ohio | Major: Sports Marketing
Love has been an Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Duquesne Dean's List member in nine of her 10 semesters and she was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll 10 out of 10 semesters. She was selected for the 2014 A-10 Volleyball All-Academic Team. A three-time, All-Conference First Team selection from 2012-2014, Love was a Senior CLASS Candidate, an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and an AVCA All-Region selection as a senior. Additionally she was named the AVCA National Player of the Week in 2014. Love also was the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Player and a member of the All-Championship Team after leading Duquesne to its first-ever A-10 title and NCAA Tournament appearance. She has been named A-10 Player of the Week six times through her career and was a member of the 2011 A-10 All-Rookie Team. Love served as team captain for the Dukes and was a volleyball representative on the Duquesne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She coached club volleyball teams, worked with the Boys and Girls Club to grow baseball in the inner city, and volunteered at the Maple Heights Community Food Pantry.
Devon Tabata | Duquesne University
Women's Soccer | Hometown: Columbus, Ohio | Major: Business Administration
Actively involved in NCAA leadership, Tabata is one of two student-athletes on the NCAA Division I Council and for the past two
years has served as the Vice Chair of the Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Her national accolades during that time frame also include serving as the only student-athlete voice on the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and sitting on the former Division I Academic Cabinet. She also was a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference (2012-15) and Duquesne campus (2011-15) SAACs. A four-year starting goalkeeper for the Duquesne women's soccer team, Tabata was the Duquesne 2015 Co-Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She ranks second in program history with a goals against average of 1.29, second in program history with a save percentage of .799 and she ranks third in program history with 17 wins. Tabata has been a member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, the Duquesne Dean's list and the Dukes' Director of Athletics Honor Roll in each of her eight semesters. She was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, representing the top 10 percent of her class in the business school and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Tabata also served as a coordinator and project leader in multiple volunteer efforts, including a Toy Drive, a SAAC Hunger Food Drive (2012-14) and a Shoe Drive (2011-15). She also spearheaded campus and A-10 pledge drive efforts during the 2014-15 year for the It's On Us campaign, designed to end campus sexual assault.