STANFORD, Calif.- Nicole Gibbs will join 11 other finalists on Monday, June 24, in a televised ceremony that will honor the nation's top Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year.
Presented by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) program, the 2013 Honda Cup recipient will be recognized in an awards ceremony to be aired live on ESPNU from 5-6 p.m. PT at USC's Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles.
For the second straight year, Gibbs has been named the recipient of the Honda Sports Award for tennis. Her selection by the CWSA identifies Gibbs as the country's top female player in her sport. Gibbs was chosen for the Honda Sports Award by a vote among more than 1,000 institutions based on NCAA finish and ITA overall ranking.
Gibbs is joined by the following finalists:
Alaina Bergsma, Oregon (volleyball)
Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina (lacrosse)
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware (basketball)
Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU (track and field)
Crystal Dunn, North Carolina (soccer)
Annie Park, USC (golf)
Katie Reinprecht, Princeton (field hockey)
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma (softball)
Betsy Saina, Iowa State (cross country)
Allison Schmitt, Georgia (swimming and diving)
Bridget Sloan, Florida (gymnastics)
Prior to Monday's awards show, the country's top female athletes will participate in the Honda Huddle, a community outreach event with the local Kids In Sports LA organization, serving over 8,000 kids in Los Angeles county. Honda Sports Awards honorees will participate in a panel discussion, led by 1977-78 Broderick Cup winner Ann Meyers Drysdale, and benefitting the KIS G.I.R.L.S. program (Girls in recreation, leadership and sports).
An All-American in singles during each of her first three seasons, Gibbs collected her fourth career singles title when she became the NCAA's first repeat champion since former Cardinal standout Amber Liu (2003-04) and Stanford's 16th all-time collegiate singles winner (14 NCAA, 2 AIAW) overall. Gibbs is the fifth Stanford netter to win multiple NCAA singles titles, joining Patty Fendick-McCain (1986, 87), Sandra Birch (1989, 91), Laura Granville (2000, 01) and Amber Liu (2003, 04).
The first player to capture NCAA team and singles titles in the same year since Duke's Mallory Cecil (2009), Gibbs finished 24-4 overall and 17-4 in duals, playing all of her matches at the No. 1 position. In addition to closing out the year on a 14-match winning streak, Gibbs was 17-4 against nationally-ranked opponents and improved her career record in May to 30-1 (includes NCAA team and individual competition).
A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Gibbs earned all-conference recognition for the third consecutive year and was tabbed an NCAA All-Tournament Team selection (No. 1 singles). She was equally impressive in the classroom, receiving Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades while sporting a 3.44 GPA as an economics major.The CWSA has honored the nation's top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions. Previous Honda Cup winners include Brittney Griner, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Lisa Fernandez, Misty May-Treanor, Maya Moore and Candace Parker.