April 24, 2007
ERLANGER, Ky. - Three Miami University women's student-athletes were honored Monday night at the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association's Annual Awards Banquet. Senior Kathleen Vistica (women's soccer) and juniors Amanda Jackson (basketball) and Carli Reihman (volleyball) were each honored as the College Sportswomen of the Year in their respective sports.
The selected Miamians were three of six women's athletes honored as College Sportswomen of the Year in six different sports. The 14th Annual Sports and Fitness Awards ceremony was held at the Drawbridge Inn, with Donna Lopiano, CEO of the National Women's Sports Foundation, serving as guest speaker for the ceremonies. A total of 24 high school and college student-athletes, coaches and athletic support staff from local institutions were honored for their contributions.
Vistica, who was tabbed as the 2006 MAC Player of the Year, earned a laundry list of accolades during her senior season, placing on the all-MAC first team, the all-MAC academic team and the academic all-district team. Vistica also became the second Miamian in women's soccer history to place on the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. The MAC's points leader during the regular season, Vistica tallied career-highs in goals (9) and points (24), with 17 of her 24 points coming against conference opponents. One of the program's most prolific offensive players, Vistica ended her career ranked third on the school's all-time assists chart (20) and fourth on the career points (70) and goals (25) lists. The Maryland product also is one of only three players in program history to earn all-MAC first team and academic all-MAC honors in back-to-back seasons.
Jackson, an all-MAC first-team selection as a junior, led Miami in scoring at 17.2 points per game during the 2006-07 season, which ranked third overall in the MAC. Even more effective in conference play, Jackson upped her scoring to 20.0 points per game, which ranked second in the MAC, and finished in the top-five in steals (fourth; 2.62 spg), free throw percentage (fourth; .840) and 3-point field goals made (fourth; 2.00). A four-time MAC East Player of the Week during the regular season, Jackson rebounded from a knee injury that sidelined her for all but 10 minutes of the 2005-06 season to notch 12 20-point games, which tied a school record. Jackson also scored her 1,000th point as a junior, becoming the 17th player in program history and the third-fastest player to reach the scoring milestone, and she heads into her senior season ranked eighth all-time on the career scoring list.
Reihman, a three-time all-MAC selection, was a second-team all-conference honoree this season and was named to all five regular-season all-tournament teams as a junior, extending her string of all-tournament team honors to eight straight tournaments over the past two seasons. She earned the conference's first East Division Player of the Week award this season (Aug. 28), and she became just the second player in program history to amass 1,000 career kills by the end of her junior season. She is one of just 15 Miamians to record 1,000 career kills. Entering her senior season, she ranks sixth on Miami's career hitting percentage list (.295) and is averaging 3.01 kills per game for her career, which ranks ninth at Miami. Reihman also was named to the academic all-MAC team in 2006.
A complete list of the high school and college honorees is listed below.
The 14th Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association Annual Awards Dinner
Donna de Varona Spirit of Sport - Carolyn Gagliardi & Sarah McGrath Wilma Rudolph Courage Award - Becky Napier Master's Sportswoman of the Year - Mary Jane Ranz Lifetime Service Award - Margi McKenna Legacy Special Award - Mae Faggs Starr Coach of the Year College: Michele Benoit - Mt. St. Joseph High School:Cheryl Darpel - Notre Dame, KY
College Sportswoman of the Year
Individual Sports Winners Whitney Myers - U of Arizona - Swimming Kathleen Vistica - Miami U - Soccer Kirby Blackley - Findley - Track & Field Amanda Jackson - Miami U - Basketball Liz Holmes - NKU - Volleyball Carli Reihman - Miami U - Volleyball
High School Sportwoman of the Year
Individual Sports Winners Amber Gray - Lakota West - Basketball Amanda Burger - Lakota West - Cross Country Kelsey Lindenschmidt - Ursuline - Golf Sydney Hiance - Highlands - Soccer Kirsten Allen - Ryle - Softball Amanda Smith - Indian Hill - Swimming Gabby Steele - Summit Country Day - Tennis Angela Bizzarri - Mason - Track Jenna Hagglund - Lakota West - Volleyball Lauren Stoffel - Oak Hills - Bowling