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WAC Nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year
Courtesy: WAC
DENVER - Hawai‘i volleyball player Kanani Danielson and Idaho golfer Kayla Mortellaro have been selected by conference senior woman administrators to represent the WAC in the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year award balloting.

The award acknowledges senior female student-athletes’ distinguished achievements in areas of service, leadership, athletics and academics. The 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 14.

Danielson, a senior outside hitter from Ewa Beach, O‘ahu, was a three-time AVCA first team All-American and was the WAC Player of the Year a record three times. She was awarded the coveted 2011 Lowes Senior CLASS Award given to one senior in the nation from each sport who excelled in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition. A four-time all-WAC selection and member of the WAC All-Decade Team, Danielson was just the seventh player in Hawai‘i history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for a career. She guided the Rainbow Wahine to the NCAA Regional three times and to the Final Four in 2009.
 
Off the court, Danielson held a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and was a three-time academic all-WAC selection. She earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in May. In addition, Danielson has been an active member of the Hawai'i community, participating in Manoa Makeover and the Kahana Bay Cleanup, and volunteering for speaking engagements at Habilitat drug rehabilitation center and numerous elementary and middle schools.

Mortellaro, a senior from Phoeniz, Ariz., was a three-time WAC Player of the Year and four-time regional qualifier. She was twice named honorable mention All-America by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), was the WAC Freshman of the Year and was a two-time WAC champion. The two-time team captain was named WAC Golfer of the Month/Week 14 times over her four-year career and  finished as the winningest golfer in Idaho history with 10 tournament victories.

Off the court, Mortellaro graduated with a 3.83 cumulative GPA in public relations. A three-time NGCA All-American Scholar, she received the University of Idaho Alumni Award of Excellence, was named the Outstanding Senior in the Journalism and Mass Media Department and was a Kathy Clark Scholar-Athlete. Mortellaro served as a tutor and pen pal at West Park Elementary School and did several service projects, including canned food drives and Special Olympics fundraisers.

The WAC received several nominations for the 2012 Woman of the Year candidate positions, including Fresno State soccer player Kendall VanDine, Hawai‘i softball player Stephanie Ricketts, Louisiana Tech soccer player Olivia Lukasewich, New Mexico State tennis player Manon Sylvain and Utah State volleyball player Liz McArthur.
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