Redlands’ Willis named finalist

Former University of Redlands women’s soccer standout Becky Willis ’09 is one of 10 NCAA Division III semifinalists for the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year, according to an announcement made on Aug. 20.
 
Willis, who was chosen as the representative for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), joins 29 semifinalists from the three divisions of the NCAA.
 
She endured a competitive nomination process, which included 132 conference nominees representing all three divisions.
 
The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will trim down the list of 30 semifinalists to nine finalists–three from each division–next month. All semifinalists are invited to attend the 2009 Woman of the Year awards dinner on Oct. 18 in Indianapolis, IN.
 
The lone Division III recipient of the award was Ashley Jo Rowatt, a swimmer from Kenyon College (OH), in 2003.
 
A three-year starter for the Bulldog women’s soccer team, Willis embodied the ideals of a true scholar-athlete throughout her four years at Redlands. She compiled a 3.664 GPA as a Communicative Disorders major while earning three First-Team All-SCIAC honors and two National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-America laurels. In April, she was named the Frank Serrao Student-Athlete of the Year for the women and also received her department’s Outstanding Senior Award for posting a 3.98 GPA in her major. Currently, she is taking classes at the University of Texas at Dallas toward a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology.