December 19, 2013

Calvin's Megan Rietema Named DIII Woman of the Year Nominee for Volleyball

Megan Rietema, a senior from Calvin College, was named the 2014 DIII Woman of the Year nominee for volleyball as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.

She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Woman Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year.

Rietema, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Player of the Year and led Calvin to the 2013 NCAA DIII Championship title. She was also a member of the program's first Championship squad in 2010. The four-year starter is a three-time first-team AVCA All-American.

An exceptional setter, she is also a threat on both offense and defense after averaging 9.76 assists, 1.90 kills, 2.67 digs and 0.65 blocks per set on the season. This season she was also tabbed the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association's (MIAA) Most Valuable Player and earned All-MIAA first-team honors for the fourth year in a row.

"I am very humbled by this nomination, “ stated Rietema. “I’ve never played the game for awards. I’ve played the game for my team and this type of honor is just a reflection on my teammates who have helped me along the way. Coach Warners has also been a huge blessing to me. As a former Calvin volleyball setter herself, she has helped me so much in becoming the player and person that I am today. She has been a true role model to me."

"It is an incredible honor for Megan to receive this nomination,” said head coach Amber Warners. “She has worked extremely hard throughout her career, particularly this year when she led our team to its second national championship. She was the heart-and-soul of our team and it was fitting that she scored the final point in the national championship final this year. She will go down as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Calvin volleyball uniform.“

All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 CWSA Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.

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