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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference has selected Virginia Tech’s Jazmine Reeves (women’s soccer) and Notre Dame’s Elizabeth Tucker (women’s soccer) as its two nominees for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Reeves was named a Hermann Trophy semifinalist, First Team NSCAA All-American and First Team All-ACC selection in 2013, while leading the Hokies to their first College Cup. The forward from Dover, Delaware appeared in the most matches in Virginia Tech’s history and finished her career second in points, tied for third in assists and fourth in goals. Reeves is a two-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree, and was selected to the All-ACC Second Team in 2011 and All-Freshman Team in 2010.
Off the field, Reeves was active in the community and volunteered at Warm Hearth Assisted Living, Margaret Beeks Lunch Buddies and Special Olympics bowling. She also participated in numerous community service projects including: Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Jump Rope for Heart and National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Tucker helped lead Notre Dame to four consecutive NCAA Championship berths, highlighted by a national championship in 2010. The midfielder from Jacksonville, Florida was a two-time team captain and appeared in all 92 career games for the Irish. An ACC and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Tucker was a two-time Capital One First Team Academic All-American, a Rhodes Scholar nominee and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average.
Tucker has also been involved in various service and leadership initiatives both on and off campus, as she was a Student-Athlete Advisory Council Executive Board Member, and participated in the Rosenthal Leadership Academy, Fighting Irish Fight for Life and ND Vivian Harrington Gray Tax Assistance Program. She also served as a teaching assistant in the Mendoza College of Business and as a volunteer at Perley Elementary School. Other projects Tucker has been a part of include: Notre Dame Peer Advising Program, Monroe Park Grocery Cooperative, South Bend Soccer Shots, Dram Team Program and Little Flower Catholic Church.
The NCAA Women of the Year honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout the collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. From the group of nominees, the top 10 will be chosen for each division in early September 2014. The selection committee will then determine the top three from each division to make up the final nine finalists in late September 2014. The national winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year awards event on October 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics manages the nomination process and selections. In the past five years, 676 student-athletes were nominated by their conference or independent institutions, representing multiple ethnicities and all NCAA-sponsored sports within Divisions I, II and III. In 2013 alone, 455 student-athletes were nominated by their institutions. From 1998 through 2005, an average of 410 female student-athletes per year were nominated for the award; and since the program’s inception in 1991, 2629 women have been recognized as state or conference honorees.
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