Ryan Rector Named ASUN NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

June 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Ryan Rector

Former USC Upstate outfielder Ryan Rector has been selected as a nominee for the ASUN Conference’s NCAA Woman of the Year for 2016-17 as decided on by the conference Faculty Athletic Representatives, it was announced by the league at its conference meetings.

Rector graduated from Upstate last month with a degree in Elementary Education. She will now be placed in consideration for NCAA Woman of the Year honors. Rector was recognized as one of two ASUN NCAA Woman of the Year nominees along with NJIT’s Alana Dudley.

While impressive on the field, Rector was even more accomplished both in the classroom and in the community. She carried a 3.71 grade-point average and was named the Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Year at Upstate. Rector was a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Fraternity and earned recognition as an Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete. She is a member of the ASUN Academic Honor Roll and was also honored last year by the ASUN as part of its Winners for Life Team.

She has served as the USC Upstate Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President and was heavily involved in community service activities throughout her four years. Rector averaged nearly 15-20 hours of community service per month and volunteered at many events including Carolina Miracle League, Upstate Stand Down, FCA Fall High School League, Prom Night for the McCarthy Teszler School and Gibbs Cancer Center Pancake breakfast.

On the playing field, Rector excelled in her final season with the Spartans as they made their fifth straight appearance in an NCAA Regional after winning both the ASUN Regular Season and Tournament championships. Upstate finished the 2017 campaign with a 45-13 overall record and went 14-4 in conference play. Rector was an ASUN First Team All-Conference performer for the second straight year after hitting .304 with five home runs and 32 RBI. She started in all 58 games in the outfield and ranked tenth or better in the ASUN in at bats and triples. Rector concluded the season with ten doubles and three triples, while sitting third on the team with 56 hits.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award was established in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of female student-athletes. It not only celebrates the athletic accomplishments of the student-athletes, but also the excellence achieved in academics, community service and leadership.

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