Wait accepts Sportswoman of the Year award at KCSC Awards Banquet
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas volleyball standout libero Cassie Wait accepted the JE Dunn Sportswoman of the Year award at the Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet on Wednesday night. It was originally announced that Wait was the winner of the award on March 27.
Joined by her family, coaches and administrators, Wait took to the stage at the Downtown Marriott– Muehlebach Tower to receive the honor given to the top female athlete in the surrounding region of Kansas City.
Wait is currently in her first year in KU’s School of Law after completing one of the most storied careers in Kansas volleyball history. In 2016, the three-year starter at libero led the Jayhawks to their first-ever conference title, earning AVCA All-American Honorable Mention and Big 12 Libero of the Year 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).
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2017 KANSAS CITY SPORTS COMMISSION AWARDS
Executive of the Year: Dr. Bob Boerigter, former MIAA commissioner
Sportsman of the Year: Kyle Zimmerman, Northwest Missouri State football
Sportswoman of the Year: CASSIE WAIT, Kansas volleyball
Coach of the Year: Eric Driskell (awarded posthumously), Blue Valley High School football
Community Champion: Dan Sudeikis, Team Host for Kansas City Basketball events
CASSIE WAIT 2016-17 HONORS
KC Sports Commission Sportswoman of the Year
Big 12 Libero of the Year
Big 12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
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)
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