INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Among the 455 nominees for the 2012-13 NCAA Woman of the Year Award is Towson University's nominee Katy Buck.
Buck recently earned her biology degree in just three years while serving as a key member of the Tiger volleyball team.
Every year, the NCAA encourages each member college and university to honor its top one or two graduating female student-athletes by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Each conference then selects one or two women from the nominees to represent the conference. This year the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) selected Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Hofstra’s Shante Evans. Those names are then sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 20.
Buck turned in a strong 2012 season for the Tigers, as she led the squad to a 25-4 overall record and a perfect 12-0 mark in CAA play. She was a first team selection to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and was also named the CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year for volleyball. Buck served as one of the Tigers' co-captains while starting all 29 matches. A first-team All-CAA selection, Buck was named the Battle at the Bay Tournament MVP in the season's opening weekend. She was also named to the all-tournament teams at the Hokie Classic and the Hilton University 49er Invitational. Buck posted double-digit kills in 11 of the team's 12 CAA matches and helped Towson post just its second undefeated conference record in program history. Buck reached a career milestone on October 14 at James Madison as she became the 13th player in program history to record the 1,000th kill of her career. Buck finished the season leading the team in kills (352) and ranked fourth in the CAA in kills per set (3.42).
For her career, Buck appeared in 92 matches and recorded 1,103 career kills. She ranks eighth in career history for kills at Towson. Buck also contributed 808 career digs, 87 blocks, 64 service aces and 62 assists.