Springfield, Mass. - August 1, 2017 - Recent Springfield College graduate Lauren Holt '17 (Granby, Conn.) was one of 145 student-athletes nationwide who were nominated through their conferences to move forward in the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award process.
Earlier this summer, it was announced that Holt was among the 198 Division III student-athletes who was initially nominated by their institutions for the award, which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. By being selected by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Directors of Athletics during their annual meeting in June, Holt is one of just 58 Division III student-athletes to advance to the national pool.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30, 10 from each division and then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women's Athletics selects the winner from the Top 9. All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2017 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the JW Marriott Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.
The former women's volleyball standout is one of 21 women's volleyball student-athletes across all three division who have been nominated, and one of only seven at the Division III level. Among the 11 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) institutions, Holt was one of seven student-athletes who was nominated to represent the conference as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.
Dating back to 2006, Holt is only the third Springfield College female student-athlete to earn the NEWMAC's nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year, joining former field hockey great Meg Bascetta '06 G'07 and track and field standout Nikki Hay '10.
Earlier this year, Holt became just the fourth Springfield College female student-athlete to earn a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholaship since 2000. Holt is headed to the University of North Carolina where she will pursue her Masters in Athletic Training, working with the men's soccer and men's tennis teams at Chapel Hill.
Holt was honored with CoSIDA Academic All-America® recognition for the second consecutive season, marking just the fourth time that a Springfield College student-athlete has multiple first team honors. Additionally, Holt was the only women's volleyball student-athletes at the NCAA Division III level to earn both First Team Capital One Academic All-America® honors and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First Team All-America honors.
Holt graduated from Springfield College with a degree in Athletic Training while owning a 3.949 GPA, and put together a tremendous senior season, garnering four separate player of the year honors. A first team AVCA All-America selection in 2016 and 2015, Holt was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Year and Defensive Athlete of the Year. She led Division III this season with a program record 193 total blocks, the second-consecutive year she has led the country in blocks.
During her time at Springfield College, Holt went to the NCAA Championship all four seasons and captured a NEWMAC Championship in 2013. A four-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree, Holt was the first player in the history of the Springfield College women's volleyball program to repeat and earn multiple AVCA First-Team All-America selections, and just the fourth-player in program history to earn a pair of AVCA All-America honors in her career.
In her four seasons in Maroon and White, Holt appeared in every single match and led Springfield to a 106-27 record, totaling 1,201 kills at a .356 hitting percentage to go along with a program-record 640 blocks.
Holt was a member of the Springfield College Athletic Training Club, Student-Athlete Leadership Team, National Athletic Trainers Association, and Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts. She completed volunteer and community service projects as a National Girls and Women in Sports Day Activity leader, Springfield College Humanics in Action Day participant, Springfield College Scholars in Action Day and was an elementary school math tutor. Apart from her many hours of clinical experience, Holy completed her senior capstone research project on the Acute Effects of Dry-Cupping Therapy Versus Active Release Technique on Relieving Symptoms of Chronic Anterior Knee Pain in Division III College Athletes.