LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Twenty-five student-athletes have been selected finalists for the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced on May 24 at the NCAA Division II National Championship banquet in Salem, Va.
This group of student-athletes, which includes 2016 recipient Lyndsay Butler of Wayne State University, is represented by 23 different programs and 18 conferences. Sixteen student-athletes from the original Top-50 "Watchlist" made the cut with the final group consisting of 10 seniors, 11 juniors, two sophomores, one freshman and one graduate student.
Top-ranked Angelo State University and No. 3 University of North Georgia had two selections each. The Great Lakes Valley Conference topped the list with four honorees. The Lone Star Conference led the way with three student-athletes, while the Great Lake Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Great Lakes Valley Conference, Peach Belt Conference, California Collegiate Athletic Association and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference garnered two nods apiece.
Collecting one plaudit each was the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, Great American Conference, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Gulf South Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, Mountain East Conference, Northeast 10 Conference, Pacific West Conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Southern Athletic Conference and Sunshine State Conference.
The Mountain East Conference nominee was West Virginia Wesleyan's Hannah Vet.
Vet is a junior pitcher from Naples, Fla.
She has compiled an 18-2 record with an earned-run-average of 0.67. She has pitched 135 innings and walked just four while striking out 107.
The Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 11 and the Top 3 on May 17 with the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player of the Year revealed onTuesday, May 24 prior to the start of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships.
The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievement among softball student-athletes throughout Division II. North Georgia's Courtney Poole was the inaugural winner of the award.
Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II Player of the Year Top 25
Stephanie Adkins* Sr. RHP Saint Leo
Kaitlyn Bannister* Sr. 3B UAH
Janessa Bassett* Jr. OF Dixie State
Erin Boone So. OF Lenoir-Rhyne
Lyndsay Butler* Gr. P/OF Wayne State (Mich.)
Kailyn Campbell* Sr. 1B Central Washington
Maddie Dow Sr 3B/UT Southern Arkansas
Julia Garcia Jr. IF CSU Monterey Bay
Haley Gilham Jr. RHP Chico State
Stephanie Hartness* Sr. OF North Georgia
Haley Hodges* Sr. C Southern Indiana
Brooke Hodgson* Jr. OF Colorado Mesa
Amanda Houck Jr. LHP West Chester
Shea Ibrahim Sr. IF West Texas A&M
Bekah Kastning Sr. OF Hillsdale
Sarah Kennedy* Jr. SS Augustana
Brandy Marlett* Jr. RHP Angelo State
Brenna Martini* Jr. 3B Adelphi
Marissa Monasseri* Jr. C Caldwell
Christa Reisinger* So. OF Truman State
Coley Ries* Sr. RHP Minnesota State
Emmie Robertson* Jr. RHP Pittsburg State
Kylee Smith Fr. RHP North Georgia
Kenedy Urbany* Sr. P Angelo State
Hannah Vet* Jr. RHP West Virginia Wesleyan
* Denotes original Top 50 "Watch List"