TOWSON, Md. -- Senior setter Taryn Nash of Spring Hill College as named the Capital One Academic All-America® Academic All-American of the Year in women's volleyball (College Division) as announced by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) on Monday afternoon.
Nash, a native of Independence, Mo., was a Tachikara-NAIA All-America (Honorable Mention) team member as a sophomore and a junior as well as a four-time member of the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Conference and All-Tournament teams. In her freshman and sophomore seasons, she also earned a spot on 2010 and 2011 SSAC All-West Division teams.
As the 2012 and 2013 SSAC Setter of the Year, Nash is a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete and was a 2nd team member of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America squad. In 2010, she won SSAC Freshman of the Year honors as a member of the SSAC All-Freshman Team and was named SHC representative on the Musco Lighting-SSAC Champions of Character Team. She additionally earned a spot on the SSAC All-Academic team in all three season of eligibility.
Nash, an International Studies major, holds numerous Spring Hill season and career records including 5455 career assists with 1550 of those coming this season. She twice handed out 67 assists in a match once in a 5-set win over Shorter University as a sophomore in 2011 and again this season in a 3-2 win over Webber International University.
Over 511 sets played, Nash accumulated a .347 (322-43-803) attack percentage, with 126 service aces, 1151 digs and 159 total blocks (24 solo & 135 assisted).
Nash is the first Spring Hill student-athlete in any sport to receive the Academic All-America Academic All-American of the Year award and the fourth Badger athlete in two years to earn 1st team Academic All-America status.
The Capital One Academic All-America Award® recognizes athletes holding a career GPA of 3.3 or higher while at the same time making significant on-field contributions to their team.