Zoë Scandalis has made the cut as one of 30 finalists for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Sept. 4, 2015
Recent USC graduate and tennis standout Zoë Scandalis has been named one of 30 women who have been recognized by the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee as the top 30 honorees for the 2015 Woman of the Year Award.
From a record 480 school nominees, the committee selected 10 women representing each of the three NCAA divisions and 12 different sports. Scandalis is one of only two tennis player in the NCAA’s top 30 honorees.
The top 30 honorees reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year Award, demonstrating excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
“This year marks the 25th celebration of the Woman of the Year program, and these women continue the tradition of being the best and brightest in college sports,” said Shantey Hill, chair of the selection committee and assistant vice president and senior director of athletics of St. Joseph’s College (Long Island). “This year’s top 30 honorees are outstanding examples for women competing in sports at any level, and we are confident that they will continue to make a difference in the world for many years to come.”
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.
In late September, the selection committee will name nine finalists – three women from each division. The 2015 Woman of the Year, selected by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, will be announced Oct. 18 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.
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