WACO, Texas – Baylor women’s tennis senior Blair Shankle has been nominated for 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year consideration. She is one of a record 543 nominees overall and one of 229 at the Division I level.
In its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female collegiate student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Shankle led the Lady Bears to their 13th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, where the team advanced to the second round for the 13th-straight season. As the No. 1 singles player at Baylor, she compiled a 30-5 record overall this season, including an 18-2 dual match mark and a 7-1 Big 12 record. In doubles, Shankle posted an 18-9 mark in the No. 1 slot with four partners.
The Dallas, Texas, native earned the Big 12 automatic qualifying bid and entered the NCAA Singles Championship as the No. 5 overall seed. She advanced to the Round of 16 to secure her first career singles All-American honor. Shankle received ITA Most Improved Senior national recognition at the event, held in Athens, Ga.
Shankle is one of the best to ever come through head coach Joey Scrivano’s system, finishing her career ranked third in doubles wins (99), tied for fourth in singles winning percentage (.826), sixth in singles wins (109) and seventh in doubles winning percentage (.733). She achieved the highest ranking for a singles player in program history, reaching No. 4 this season in the Oracle/ITA national poll.
Shankle was also recognized for her excellence in the classroom, securing College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America At-Large third team distinction. The accounting major became the first Baylor women’s tennis player to collect athletic and academic All-American accolades in the same season. In addition, Shankle was named a Big 12 Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year after maintaining a 3.98 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
NCAA Woman of the Year nominees are submitted each year by member schools. Conferences will select up to two conference nominees apiece from the pool of school nominees and, from there, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top 30 honorees, 10 from each division. Nine finalists from that list will be announced in September with the winner announced on Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
To view the full list of 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year honorees, visit ncaa.org.