Sifferlen Selected as Patriot League Nominee For NCAA Woman of the Year
Holy Cross graduate Mandy Sifferlen has been selected by the Patriot League to represent the conference as a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. From a pool of 543 nominees, she is one the 145 student-athletes that will be considered for the award.
Female athletes from all three NCAA divisions are eligible to receive the award if they earn an undergraduate degree by the summer after their senior year is complete, complete eligibility in their sport and earn a varsity letter. Nominees are selected based on four pillars – academics, athletics, service and leadership. Sifferlen and 57 other Division I female athletes will be on the ballot for the award.
On the court, Sifferlen led the Crusaders averaging 4.97 kills per set, hitting .244 and notching 497 kills during the 2016 season. Sifferlen broke the Holy Cross record for season kills and placed eighth in Division I overall. The outside hitter earned All-Patriot League honor three times during her career and was awarded the Crusader of the Year Award for the 2016-2017 school year. In addition, Sifferlen recently signed to play professional volleyball with the Greek club A.O Markopoulo.
In the classroom, Sifferlen majored in biology, minored in environmental science and graduated with a 3.78 grade point average. She was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll four times and to the Academic All-Patriot League team three times. On campus, Sifferlen led the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as the vice president and was a three-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
The top 30 nominees, 10 from each division, will be recognized Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 in Indianapolis.
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