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Farney Nominated for NCAA Woman of Year

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The Great American Conference has nominated former Arkansas Tech University volleyball team member Laura Farney for the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Farney (photographed) is among 429 women from all three divisions of the NCAA that are under consideration for the award.

The top 10 selections from all three divisions will be announced in August, with the announcement of three winners from each division to follow in September.

Nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in their primary sport. 

Farney earned four letters as a member of the Arkansas Tech volleyball team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in May.

She was named a 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-America honorable mention selection. By earning that honor, Farney became just the fifth Arkansas Tech volleyball player to ever earn All-America accolades.

A product of Morton, Ill., Farney made 469 kills, 396 digs and 44 blocks during the 2011 season. She helped the Golden Suns finish with an overall record of 35-4 and a Great American Conference mark of 16-0.

Arkansas Tech won the inaugural GAC regular season and postseason championships, and the Golden Suns earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament for just the second time in school history.

Farney finished her four-year Golden Suns career ranked among the program's all-time leaders in career kills (3rd, 1,460) and career digs (4th, 1,136).

She is one of just four Arkansas Tech volleyball players to accumulate 1,000 or more kills and 1,000 or more digs in a career.

Farney was a two-time Gulf South Conference All-Academic team selection and a three-time honoree on the GSC Academic Honor Roll.

She was named the 2011-12 Arkansas Tech most outstanding senior female student-athlete by a vote of the Arkansas Tech faculty athletic committee.

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