CLAREMONT, Calif. – Senior Claremont-Mudd-Scripps volleyball player Phoebe Madsen earned a nomination for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes, the organization announced today.
Madsen had an outstanding career with the CMS volleyball program, helping the Athenas to the program's first-ever national championship in 2017 as a sophomore. She was a three-rotation setter on the national title team, sharing duties with her older sister, Clara, and picked up the assist on championship point (24-22 in the third set) against Wittenberg.
Over her last two seasons, Madsen became a six-rotation player who alternated between the setter and hitter positions and earned first-team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors twice and AVCA West Region Player of the Year honors twice. She served as a team captain and led CMS to SCIAC regular season and tournament championships both seasons (extending the program's streak to three in a row for both), while also keeping the Athenas in the top 10 in the AVCA national rankings throughout her career.
In the classroom, Madsen graduated from Claremont McKenna with a 3.91 grade point average in an accelerated program that saw her earn a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in finance in four years. She was one of only 18 student-athletes to earn the SCIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for the 2019-20 academic year.
Outside of the classroom, Madsen served as the vice president of the CMC Student Investment Fund, which manages $2,000,000 of the school's endowment. She also had a significant role as a student mentor in Claremont McKenna's Robert Day Scholars Program and participated annually in CMS Athletics' physical education community outreach at nearby Mountain View Elementary School.
The NCAA announced a record of over 600 Woman of the Year nominations from all three divisions, and its committee will name 30 semifinalists in September (10 from each division). The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then choose nine finalists (three from each division) from those 30, before the award winner is revealed on November 1.
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