Women's Volleyball

1996 NCAA Woman of the Year


Winsett-Fletcher is Woman of the Year

Nebraska volleyball player is sixth winner of award

The NCAA News, October 14, 1996


Billie Winsett-Fletcher 1996 NCAA Woman of the Year

Billie Winsett-Fletcher, a member of the 1995 NCAA national-championship volleyball team from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has been selected as the NCAA Woman of the Year.

Winsett-Fletcher received the award at the sixth annual NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner October 6 in Kansas City, Missouri. The award honors academic and athletics excellence as well as community service and leadership.

Winsett-Fletcher was chosen from 333 entries. A special selection committee chose 50 state winners plus a winner from the District of Columbia and then narrowed that field to 10 national finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics chose the winner from that field.

"Even though we all come from different sports and different backgrounds, there is a commonality that we all share," Winsett-Fletcher said of the state winners. "And I think we all wish we could be on the same team participating in the same sport, whatever sport that might be. It would be an awesome team."

She praised the Woman of the Year program, saying the purpose goes beyond individual recognition.

"I hope that this entire Woman of the Year effort encourages other women to become active in meeting community needs," she said. "It is nice to see how the winners have excelled in all three areas (academics, athletics and community service). But doing for others is what really counts."

Winsett-Fletcher achieved a nearly perfect grade-point average at Nebraska, where she majored in secondary education and competed as an outside hitter on the women's volleyball team. She was named to the all-tournament team after Nebraska's Division I victory in 1995 and was a two-time all-Big Eight Conference selection.

A native of Booneville, Indiana, Winsett-Fletcher was an active volunteer throughout her college career. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteered with several children's programs, such as the Malone Community Youth Center and the Behavioral Skills Program. She spoke to school assemblies and at special events, including Nebraska's "School is Cool" Jam, which attracts 14,000 middle-school students each year.

Previous winners were Rebecca Lobo, University of Connecticut, 1995; Tanya Hughes, University of Arizona, 1994; Nnenna Lynch, Villanova University, 1993; Catherine Byrne, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1992; and Mary Beth Riley, Canisius College, 1991.



The other finalists were Mary-Alice Brady, Boston College; Amy S. DeVasher, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Kristi Kloster, University of Kansas; Marya Morusiewicz, Barry University; Kathleen Nichole (Nikki) Nicholson, University of Georgia; Jenni Rademacher, North Dakota State University; Annette Salmeen, University of California, Los Angeles; Samantha Salvia, Old Dominion University; and Katie Smith Ohio State University.


State-Level Winners:

  • Alabama: Amy S. DeVasher, Swimming and diving, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  • Alaska: April Blajeski, Rifle, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Arizona: Jennifer A. Dalton, Softball, University of Arizona
  • Arkansas: Nika Harmon, Soccer, cross country, track and field, Hendrix College
  • California: Annette Salmeen, Swimming and diving, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Colorado: Kelly A. Cobb, Basketball, University of Denver
  • Connecticut: Jennifer M. Rizzotti, Basketball, University of Connecticut
  • Delaware: Lesley Etherson, Tennis, Delaware State University
  • District of Columbia: Joline Staeheli, Cross country, track and field, Georgetown University
  • Florida: Marya Morusiewicz, Volleyball, Barry University
  • Georgia: Kathleen Nichole (Nikki) Nicholson, Volleyball, University of Georgia
  • Hawaii: Dianna C. Cervantes, Cross country, University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Idaho: Tricia Bader, Basketball, Boise State University
  • Illinois: Susan Edwards, Basketball, Western Illinois University
  • Indiana: Lisa Barg, Tennis, Ball State University
  • Iowa: Tricia Wakely, Basketball, Drake University
  • Kansas: Kristi Kloster, Cross country, track and field, University of Kansas
  • Kentucky: Tina Johnson, Diving, University of Kentucky
  • Louisiana: Kristy Savoie, Gymnastics, Louisiana State University
  • Maine: Darcy Storin, Cross country, track and field, Bowdoin College
  • Maryland: Michele Mohlman, Field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, Goucher College
  • Massachusetts: Mary Alice Brady, Track and field, Boston College
  • Michigan: Cherokee Hoaglund, Basketball, Adrian College
  • Minnesota: Amy Doherty, Track and field, University of St. Thomas
  • Mississippi: Kimberly A. Curry, Cross country, track and field, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Missouri: Ginny Hoefer, Cross country, track and field, Northeast Missouri State University
  • Montana: Carla Beattie, Basketball, University of Montana
  • Nebraska: Billie Winsett, Volleyball, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Nevada: Judith Fraser, Cross country, track and field, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • New Hampshire: Nathalie Geeris, Soccer, Franklin Pierce College
  • New Jersey: Sylvia Watson, Volleyball, Seton Hall University
  • New Mexico: Elena Shadrina, Basketball, Western New Mexico University
  • New York: Jodi Carter, Field Hockey, Syracuse University
  • North Carolina: Sharon C. Moore, Field hockey, lacrosse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • North Dakota: Jenni Rademacher, Basketball, North Dakota State University
  • Ohio: Katie Smith, Basketball, track and field, Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma: Stacy Coffey, Basketball, Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon: Robin Unger, Track and field, volleyball, Portland State University
  • Pennsylvania: Jill Atshuler, Lacrosse, Lehigh University
  • Rhode Island: Meribah Dean, Volleyball, Bryant College
  • South Carolina: Michelle Graham, Volleyball, basketball, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg
  • South Dakota: Siri Johnson, Softball, Augustana College
  • Tennessee: Michelle Marciniak, Basketball, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Texas: Jennifer Clarkson, Basketball, Abilene Christian University
  • Utah: Angie Bandy-Donahue, Basketball, track and field, University of Utah
  • Vermont: Astri Syse, Skiing, University of Vermont
  • Virginia: Samantha Salvia, Field hockey, Old Dominion University
  • Washington: Michelle L. Church, Softball, University of Washington
  • West Virginia: Kelly Hindman, Soccer, basketball, Bethany College
  • Wisconsin: Arlene Meinholz, Track and field, basketball, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • Wyoming: Lynn Carlson, Swimming, University of Wyoming

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