The USA South Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year Award

2018 USA South Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year

Carson Williams - William Peace University 

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The USA South Athletic Conference's 2018 Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year and nominee for the NCAA award is William Peace University senior volleyball student-athlete Carson Williams. The Conference honoree is chosen through a specific process outlined by the NCAA.

The USA South Woman of the Year Award is named after former Conference Commissioner Rita Wiggs. Wiggs, a tireless advocate of women's collegiate athletics as well a constant encourager of service to one's community, was the USA South's first full-time Commissioner serving the League for 16 years. In the spring of 2016 she was inducted into the USA South Hall of Fame.

Williams, a standout on the Pacer volleyball team, concluded her collegiate career this past fall when she became the first Pacer in program history to collect an individual USA South honor in the sport of volleyball by being named Conference Libero of the Year. She was also named First Team All-Conference and First Team All-East Division in 2017. During her career, Williams was a four-time All-Conference selection and collected the 2018 Jeannie Grey Bierce Outstanding Athlete Award which is given each year to the student-athlete at WPU that is determined to have had the greatest impact on the University's athletic program during the past academic year.

Academically, Williams accumulated a 4.00 GPA while majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She was WPU's 2018 Valedictorian, a four-year Dean's Scholar, a three-time graduation marshal, the three-time WPU scholar-athlete of the year and a four-time member of the USA South Academic All-Conference Team. Additionally, Williams was named Academic All-District by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2015.

Williams gave her time away from the volleyball court and classroom in several different ways including her time as a four-year member of the Psychology Club including its President this past year. She volunteered for many different causes including the Mariposa Summer Camp assisting teachers with elementary-aged autistic children and was a Miracle League Buddy. On campus, Williams served as a tutor in the subjects of statistics and psychology while also serving on WPU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years.

Williams' name and accolades will now be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The committee will choose the top ten nominees in each division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. From those nine, the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be chosen.

For more information on the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, click HERE.

Past Winners (Click on their name to learn more, if available):

       
Jessica Long
Averett
2017
Softball 

Ruth Terry
Covenant
2016
Soccer

Nicole Barringer
Averett
2015
Volleyball

Laura Pantlin
Meredith
2014
Cross Country

Stephanie Green
Christopher Newport
2013
Lacrosse

Mackenzie Tingle
N.C. Wesleyan

2012
Volleyball

Cara Jacobs
Ferrum
2011
Lacrosse

Michelle Lemmons
Greensboro
2010
Tennis

Erin Wojtkun
Christopher Newport
2009
Soccer

Jenne Johnson
Greensboro
2008
Softball

Ashley Glover
Christopher Newport
2007
Soccer