JONESBORO, Ark. (6/27/17) – Former Arkansas State volleyball two-time All-American Markie Schaedig has been selected as a nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award in an announcement made by the organization Tuesday.
Schaedig, who collected Honorable Mention All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 2014 and 2016, is one of 543 total nominees and just one of nine representatives from the Sun Belt Conference. She is the third candidate from Arkansas State in the last four years joining Sharika Nelvis (2014) and Aundrea Gamble (2016).
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Schaedig became the second player in Sun Belt Conference history to win the league's Defensive Player of the Year award and was a First-Team All-SBC selection in each season from 2014-16. She earned 12 Defensive Player of the Week awards to tie for the most in league history.
Additionally, the libero/defensive specialist finished her career with 2,153 digs, which represents the third most in school history. Schaedig is also responsible for the most digs in a single season in school history back in 2014 with 762 for a 6.68 per set average, both of which led Division I. Her senior season in 2016 saw her pick up 609 digs for a 5.30 per set average with both marks ranking in the top 20 of NCAA Division I.
Schaedig's run of impressive individual accolades also coincided with one of the best stretches in A-State volleyball history. A-State tallied a 25-8 record in 2016 and won the SBC West Division with a 15-1 mark in league play a season after the team went 28-2 and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999. The back-to-back 25+ win seasons were the first for Arkansas State since the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Schaedig is no stranger to the four areas outlined by the award as she's put together a strong academic record during her time at A-State. She was named to the SBC Commissioner's List three times for earning a 3.5 or higher GPA and has made the both the Chancellor's List and Dean's List.
She's volunteered at a number of events including the St. Bernards Health Expo, St. Bernards Health and Wellness 5K, St. Bernards Senior Prom, and has coached Junior Olympic volleyball in the area. Her leadership has been on display as evidenced by her serving as a team captain for the Red Wolves. She was also one of a select group of A-State student-athletes to get the chance to travel to England for the study abroad program.
The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III. The nominees competed in 21 different women's sports, and 122 were multisport athletes during their time in college.
The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.