Cassie Wait named Big 12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year


IRVING, Texas – Kansas volleyball senior Cassie Wait was named Big 12 Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league announced on Thursday. Wait becomes the second Jayhawk volleyball student-athlete to earn the honor, as selected Big 12 volleyball head coaches.

Wait is currently in her first year in KU’s School of Law while she balanced her role as a three-year starter for the Big 12 Champion Jayhawks – earning Big 12 Libero of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team honors along the way. The Gardner, Kansas native graduated with a business degree in three years in May 2016 with a 3.90 GPA before enrolling in law school. Wait is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and member of the University of Kansas Honors Program.

Wait played an integral role in leading Kansas to its first-ever Final Four appearance in 2015 and first-ever Big 12 Conference title in 2016. She helped usher in an era of unprecedented success for Kansas, finishing her career 104 victories and the program’s best four-year winning percentage (.819). During her senior season, Wait led the Big 12 in digs per set (5.10) and finished second in career digs at Kansas (1,958).

In addition to Big 12 Libero of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team honors, Wait is a member of the AVCA All-Midwest Region First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and a three-time Big 12 Player of the Week.

The Big 12 Conference established its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2012-13. A recipient is named in each conference-sponsored sports. Every Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league head coaches for that sport, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes. Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominees must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing), have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher, participate in at least 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.

Cassie Wait 2016 Honors
Big 12 Libero of the Year
All-Big 12 First Team
AVCA All-Midwest Region
CoSIDA Academic All-District
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 5, Sept. 12, Oct. 17)

KU’s Big 12 Volleyball Scholar-Athletes of the Year
2012 – Tayler Tolefree
2016 – Cassie Wait

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