INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Four-year Meredith College volleyball standout Karlie Long, '17, was 1-of-544 athletes, and 1-of-198 in Division III, nominated for the prestigious 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award. For 27 years, the NCAA Woman of the Year program has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service, and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.
Cross country alumnae-athlete Lara Pantlin, '14, advanced to the top-30 round of candidates in 2014 after earning the USA South Woman of the Year honor.
Long completed her distinguished career in 2016 after leading the Avenging Angels to the program's first-ever USA South Volleyball Tournament Championship and NCAA tournament appearance last November. The team earned a divisional title in 2014, which helped the Meredith athletics program earn the coveted USA South Women's Presidents Cup later that year as the first single-gender member in conference history.
A four-time All-Conference and All-Academic honoree, Long earned AVCA All-America honorable mention recognition in 2014, along with All-Region and All-State selections. She garnered the league's Volleyball Rookie of the Year honor in 2013 to go along with six weekly nods as a rookie and six career Player of the Week selections.
Long closed out her career leading Meredith all time with 1536 kills, 4217 attempts, and 1747 points. She ranked third with 139 service aces, fifth with 118 block assists, and seventh with 935 digs. She graduated in May with a bachelor's in accounting.