USC’s Zoë Scandalis Named Conference Nominee For 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year|
July 23, 2015
USC women’s tennis player Zoë Scandalis is in line for another high honor, having been selected as one of the Pac-12 Conference’s nominees for the 2015 NCAA Women of the Year award. Scandalis is one of 57 Division I nominees for the award, which recognizes graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
This year, a record 147 women have been named honorees by conferences and independent schools. Next, the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will identify the top 10 honorees in each division. Those 30 women will be announced in early September. From there, the committee will select three finalists from each division before the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics cast their votes to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Scandalis joins Arizona swimmer Margo Geer as the Pac-12’s honorees this year. Scandalis is one of 13 tennis players on the list of 147 overall honorees selected out of 480 total nominees.
Also a recipient of a 2015 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship and a Pac-12 Medal this year, Scandalis has been an all-around standout at USC, boasting an impressive tennis career as well as dedication to academics and community service as a political economy major with a minor in environmental studies. The 2014 Female Trojan of the Year, a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree and a 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Team pick, Scandalis also is a two-time ITA All-American, the 2014 ITA Southwest Regional Singles Champion and was a team captain in the Trojans' run to the NCAA Semifinals this past season.
During her tenure at Troy, Scandalis helped her teams to two NCAA Semifinal appearances and was named the 2012 ITA National Player to Watch as a freshman. She landed a pair of All-Pac-12 First Team selections and twice was picked to the Second Team. She also set the record for Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, collecting six awards during her career. Ranked as high as No. 7 in the nation in both singles and in doubles while at Troy, Scandalis finished her action at USC with a 108-48 career singles record and a 103-53 career doubles record.
Of the court and outside the classroom, Scandalis has been extremely active in community service and campus activities. A member of Trojan Athletic Senate all four years, Scandalis has been involved with the Community Bowl, the Rose Cup and Athletes in Action on campus. But her commitment to service has extended beyond campus, too. Some of Scandalis' most rewarding work has been done as a mentor to 7th and 8th grade girls at the 32nd Street School. That passion for outreach prompted Scandalis to get involved with Girl Up -- the United Nations Campaign for Adolescent Girls -- which she continues to work with while competing on the USTA Pro Circuit.
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