INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Former Cleveland State volleyball standout Grace Kauth has been named a nominee for the NCAA Woman Of The Year Award, an honor that encompasses the four pillars of Academics, Athletics, Service and Leadership. The award is open to any graduating senior who has exhausted their eligibility in all Divisions of collegiate athletics.
Kauth, who finished her Viking career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history, graduated this Spring with a degree in Marketing.
The Vandalia, Ohio native finished her career with a cumulative GPA of 3.89 and earned a spot on the Cleveland State Dean's List every semester she was eligible. Kauth was a three-time Horizon League Fall Academic Team honoree, and was named the Horizon League Student-Athlete of the Fall as a junior and senior.
Kauth, who was named one of 30 candidates nationwide for the Senior CLASS Award last fall, served as the Cleveland State SAAC President during the 2016-17 academic year and as the Social Media Chair during 2015-16.
On the court, Kauth led the Vikings to back-to-back Horizon League Regular Season and Tournament Championships as a junior and senior, and was an integral part of head coach Chuck Voss becoming the all-time winningest coach in program history.
Individually, Kauth was a four-time Horizon League honoree, picking up First Team accolades as a sophomore, junior and senior and All-Freshman Team accolades as a rookie. This past season, Kauth was also named the Horizon League Player and Offensive Player of the Year, just the fourth Viking to earn POY honors.
Kauth finished her career as the only Viking to rank in the top-five in the CSU Career Record Book in kills (3rd - 1,457) and digs (4th - 1,240), while also ranking in the top-10 in five other categories.
For the 2016-17 season there were 544 total nominees for the NCAA Woman Of The Year Award, including 229 from Division I. The top 30 candidates (10 from each division) will be announced in early September, and will then be narrowed down to the top nine candidates (3 from each divison) in late September.
The NCAA Woman Of The Year will be announced in late October.