CORPUS CHRISTI – Senior Logen Bourque is one of 205 Division I student-athletes nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. The standout setter is the lone nominee in the Southland Conference not just in volleyball, but also across multiple sports.
The award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
"If I take away anything from my experience as a leader in the community and a student-athlete, it's this – doing the right thing and working hard will always pay off in the end if you commit yourself to what you are trying to accomplish," Bourque said. "It may be the longer, more difficult path, but no shortcuts can prepare you in the way those things can."
Bourque had a storied career at the Island University and was an instrumental leader in the program's progress over the past four years. The Houston native is the most decorated student-athlete in volleyball program history, not only on the court but also in the classroom as well. She capped off her senior season as the all-time assist leader in Islanders' history with 4,516, while garnering First Team All-Southland honors, and a spot on the Southland All-Tournament Team for the first time in her career.
She continued to make history as the season continued, as she became the first Islander to collect American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Honorable Mention All-Region honors. Bourque also set the all-time assist mark in 2013 for a single season with 1,310 assists and moved into second place in the record books with 1,096 career digs.
In the classroom, she was just as impressive, earning Southland First Team All-Academic accolades. In November, Bourque was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Second Team, and became the first Islanders volleyball player to earn the honor since Beth Fionda was named to the third team in 2008.
Bourque was part of Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and was the team captain during her senior season. During her time on the Island, she volunteered with the Miracle League of Corpus Christi, participated in the YWCA Girls in Sports Day and spent the day with fellow Islanders cleaning up the beach.
Next, each conference will select up to two women from the nominees to represent the conference. The Woman of the Year selection committee selects the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division – from the conference nominees.
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then vote from among the finalists to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year. The announcement will be made on Sunday, Oct. 19.
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