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Hanson named Female Athlete of Year at Concordia-St. Paul

Nevis' Riley Hanson was named Concordia-St. Paul's Female Athlete of the Year after leading the Golden Bears to the NCAA Division II volleyball title. Submitted photo

Nevis' Riley Hanson received one final honor to cap off her volleyball career at Concordia-St. Paul.

The Concordia-St. Paul department of athletics selected Hanson as the 2016-17 Female Athlete of the Year. The award is nominated and voted by athletic department head coaches and administrators. This marked the second time Hanson has received the honor.

Hanson had an outstanding senior season by leading the Golden Bears with 0.90 blocks per set and finishing second with 3.04 kills per set. Hanson led the nation with a .433 hitting percentage, which set a school record. Hanson compiled 374 kills, 52 digs, 111 blocks and 12 ace serves in 124 sets as Concordia-St. Paul went 35-2, received the No. 1 ranking in the nation and won the NCAA Division II title. Hanson had season highs of 18 kills while hitting double figures in kills in 20 matches, highlighted by her first career double-double of 16 kills and 10 blocks against the University of Minnesota Duluth..

The 5-foot-11 middle blocker was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year for NCAA Division II volleyball players and was a D2CCA and AVCA All-America First Team selection. Hanson also received All-Central Region First Team honors, All-District First Team honors and All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference First Team honors.

Hanson graduates as the Golden Bears' all-time leader in hitting percentage (.402) and ranks third in school history in total blocks (444) and sixth in kills (1,500).

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