(CINCINNATI, Ohio) – The Cincinnati USA Women's Sports Association announced its college award winners today, April 16, 2018. Thomas More had four award winners, Abby Owings for women's basketball, Brooke Warden for women's tennis, Alix DeDreu for last season's achievements in softball, winning the College Sportswoman of the Year for their respected sport. Also receiving an award is Jenna Fessler for women's volleyball, who was awarded the Lauren Hill Courage Award. The winners will be honored at the silver anniversary Cincinnati USA Women's Sports Association awards banquet at the Schiff Banquet and Conference Center at Xavier University tonight.
According to the Cincinnati USA Women's Sports Association, the criteria for the College Sportswoman of the Year Award is that it is to be awarded to a woman playing at a local college who demonstrates superior athletic achievement. Other considerations will be academic standards, community involvement, and outstanding leadership qualities. Six nominees from all sports will be chosen and these nominees will be given special recognition at the event as the top athlete in their sport.
The criteria for the Lauren Hill Courage Award states that the award should go to a local female or female playing locally, who demonstrates the most courageous performance or "comeback" in sports. The athlete should show the ability to overcome adversity through persistence and determination. As a result of her courage and performance in sports, she serves as a positive role model for all.
Owings ended her senior year with a .437 shooting percentage, .444 3-point shooting percentage, and a .745 FT-shooting percentage. She grabbed a total of 83 rebounds, recorded 99 assists, 78 steals, one block, and 463 points in the 2017-18 season.
Warden went 19-0 in singles matches in the 2017-28 season. She won all but one match in two sets and recorded 13 shutout sets and five shut-out matches. In her doubles competition, Warden went 15-4. In those 19 doubles matches, three were 8-0 victories and four were won with only a one game loss.
DeDreu played and started every game in the 2017 season. She recorded a .408 batting average with 152 at bats for 62 hits and 42 runs. Out of those 63 hits, nine were doubles and three were triples, also recording 33 RBI's. On the mound, DeDreu ended the season last year with a 1.27 era for a 19-4 record. She pitched a combine total of 149 innings, giving up 114 hits for 40 runs, walking only 23 batters and striking out 117 batters. She game up 20 doubles, zero triples, and nine home runs.
Fessler played in 34 matches for a total of 105 sets in the 2017 season. She recorded 95 kills, 1009 assists, 37 service aces, 291 digs, and 19 blocks. She ended the season with a .270 hitting percentage scoring 142.5 total points.