Kelly Biette (Brighton, Colo.), a four-year member of the Seattle University volleyball team about to receive her bachelor’s degree, has been selected by the Western Athletic Conference as one of the league’s two nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, announced Tuesday by the conference office.

Biette was a four-year letterwinner for the Redhawks, serving as one of the team captains in her senior season. After leading the team with 81 total blocks in her freshman season, she received the team’s Rising Star Award and the athletics department’s Freshman 15 Award. Biette was also awarded the team’s Most Inspirational Award in 2011, and completed her collegiate volleyball career in 2012 by earning Academic All-WAC and Capital One First Team Academic All-District honors.

In the classroom, Biette will receive her bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology and entered her final quarter with a 3.91 grade point average. Biette was named to the President's List (3.9 GPA or better) eight times and to the Dean's List (3.6 GPA or better) four times. She was involved in three major research programs, submitted four peer-reviewed publications, and presented at three national conferences and at one international conference. Biette has been accepted to and will enroll at Harvard University in the fall in the biomedical and biological sciences doctoral program.

"Kelly is a wonderful individual who exemplifies the successes that are possible when student-athletes are committed to achieving their high level goals," Roxanne Levenson, Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, said. "She worked hard to excel in all aspects of her life – in service, leadership, academics and athletics. She is truly a special person who will continue to contribute to society throughout her graduate degree and career."

Biette became involved in the Seattle U Student-Athlete Advisory Council as a freshman and ascended through the board of directors, serving as secretary in 2010-11, vice president for student-athlete well-being in 2011-12, and president of SAAC in 2012-13. In addition, Biette was one of Seattle U’s two representatives to the WAC SAAC during the 2012-13 academic year.

Biette was selected as an Ignatian Leader at Seattle U, a group that advises the University President on service projects, was a Student Leader Across Campus, a committee of student leaders who represent large student organizations, and was one of two student-athletes selected to serve on the Seattle U Athletic Advisory Board.

Among her volunteer activities, Biette was a volunteer coach at Sudden Impact Volleyball Club from 2011-13, went to Holy Rosary Elementary School on a weekly basis to give short lectures and plan science experiments for two second grade classes, and helped run the all-girls open gym on a bi-weekly basis at the Rotary Boys and Girls Club. For everything that she did throughout her time at Seattle University, Biette received the athletics department’s Mission Award two weeks ago for exemplifying the mission of Seattle U.

“Kelly is an outstanding representative of the type of student-athlete we have at Seattle U. She is committed to volleyball and her academics and has been able to balance both in a highly productive manner. We wish Kelly the best as she pursues graduate work at Harvard University,” Bill Hogan, Seattle U Director of Athletics, said.

Along with Biette, the WAC selected Amber Olive, a member of the New Mexico State University softball team, as the league’s nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The award acknowledges senior female student-athletes’ distinguished achievements in areas of service, leadership, athletics and academics.

The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will select the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year.
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