Nebraska volleyball star Sarah Pavan was recognized for her athletic and academic success on Friday, when she was named the Big 12 Conference Female Athlete of the Year for 2007-08.
Pavan, one of four Husker volleyball players to earn conference female athlete-of-the-year honors, is the first Husker student-athlete in history to win the award twice, and just the second athlete in Big 12 history to be a multiple honoree, joining former Texas softball player Cat Osterman.
Other Husker winners of the conference female athlete-of-the-year accolades include Greichaly Cepero (2001), Virginia Stahr (1989) and Annie Adamczak (1985) in receiving an honor that dates back more than two decades.
Pavan, who also won the award in 2006-07, wrapped up one the most decorated volleyball careers in NCAA history. In 2007, she was named Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year, AVCA First-Team All-American and Big 12 Player of the Year, capturing the Big 12 honor for the third straight year. The senior right-side hitter led NU to its fourth-straight Big 12 title with a 19-1 league record and a 30-2 overall mark with a trip to the NCAA Regional final, where she was named to the all-tournament team.
Other career honors include the 2006-07 Honda-Broderick Cup winner and AVCA National Player of the Year. One of only four athletes in NCAA history to be a four-time first-team All-American, Pavan guided the Huskers to a 126-7 record over her career with two NCAA finals appearances and the 2006 national title. Pavan holds Nebraska school records for career kills (2,008) and kills per game (4.56).
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, the Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, native graduated in May with a 4.0 grade-point average in biochemistry. She was selected as a 2008 NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award winner and earned a 2008 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Pavan was named ESPN The Magazine’s Volleyball Academic All-American of the Year in both 2006 and 2007 and was the winner across all University division sports in 2006-07.
Pavan, who will play volleyball professionally in Italy beginning this fall, was also active in community service projects during her career. She was a spokesperson for the Lincoln Downs Syndrome Buddy Walk, a SafeQuarters to Benefit Friendship Home volunteer and a motivational speaker for the “School is Cool” Celebration.
Story courtesy of NU media relations