UMW’s Raulston named school’s NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

Published 4:17 pm Thursday, May 1, 2014

YORK, Pa.—University of Mary Washington senior tennis player Lindsay Raulston will be the school’s NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee, as announced Thursday night at the Athletics Banquet. The award recognizes the top athletic and academic females in the nation at all levels of NCAA Athletics.

The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 24th year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletic achievements of young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.

Raulston has shown outstanding ability in her sport as well as in the classroom.

“As Lindsay’s coach at the University of Mary Washington, I have had the pleasure to know and work with her for the last three years,” Coach Partick Catullo said. “She joined the team as a freshman in the fall of 2010, and I have watched her mature into a responsible, mature, serious student and player who approaches challenges with a positive ‘can do’ attitude. She brings to all of her activities energy, enthusiasm, and commitment.

“She consistently performs as a strong team member and excels individually as well. She was able to excel in both athletics and as a strong academic student by managing and prioritizing her studies while handling a vigorous sports schedule. This speaks to her overall organization, intellect and ability to learn, attributes that will serve her well after she graduates from UMW.

“She quickly established herself on the team as a go-to person and has been ever-willing to work with team members; she has a deep-rooted spirit of helpfulness. She is a valued member of our team, a true leader and a tenacious worker.”

Raulston he has been named as an All-American in Singles 2012 and 2013, an All-American in Doubles in 2013, and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VASID) Player of the Year in 2013.

She was named the CAC Rookie of the year in 2011, and the CAC Player of the year in 2012, 2013. A two-year team captain, her highest ITA National Rankings are No. 6 in 2013 for singles and No. 10 for doubles.

Raulston gains third CAC POY

Raulston became the second player in conference history to win the CAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year award three consecutive years, and led an Eagles’ sweep of first team all-star nods in both singles and doubles.

Raulston, who was the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2011 prior to winning the Player of the Year award in 2012 and 2013, also picked up her fourth-straight first-team all-star singles and doubles awards. That came after leading the Eagles to their 11th-straight championship and 22nd title in the 24-year history of CAC women’s tennis.