Rachel Noble Named an NCAA Woman of the Year Candidate
Stetson University beach volleyball graduate Rachel Noble has been selected as an NCAA Woman of the Year candidate by the ASUN Conference. Along with UNF softball’s Navia Penrod, Noble was just one of two ASUN student-athletes selected by a vote among the league’s Senior Woman Administrators.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
A Sport Business major with a minor in Applied Statistics, Noble was a two-time ASUN Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was named to the conference’s All-Academic Team three times and maintained a 3.82 cumulative GPA. She served as Stetson’s SAAC Co-President while earning the Stetson Business Foundation Merit Award and the Wendell Jarrard Award during her career. The ASUN SAAC Social Media Coordinator also received the R. Dale Melching Leadership Award while being named to the Stetson Dean’s List eight times. The senior has gained valuable professional experience as a Development Intern at the NASCAR Foundation and also as a Summer Sport Management Staff member at IMG Academy.
Stetson’s all-time winningest player, Noble finished the 2019 campaign with a 27-13 record at the No. 3 pair including 12 wins against ranked opponents. The Carlsbad, Calif., native registered a 96-45 (.681) career record with those 96 wins setting new ASUN Conference and Stetson records. In the NCAA Tournament, Noble helped the Hatters become the first No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed as Stetson upset top-ranked USC in its first match. Stetson ended the season ranked No. 6 in the nation.
Noble was one of 585 eligible female student-athletes across all three divisions nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. Each conference office reviews the nominations from its core member schools and submits its conference nominees to the NCAA.
Next, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division. The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.