Two-time AVCA National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer has been selected the winner of the 89th AAU James E. Sullivan Award, presented annually to the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.
Plummer becomes the second women’s volleyball player to receive the honor, joining Wisconsin’s Lauren Carlini (2016).
“I would like to thank my family, I couldn’t have gotten to this point without you guys,” said Plummer after receiving the award at the New York Athletic Club. “Thank you for coming to every game and being my biggest cheerleaders. You are my biggest role models and I owe you everything.
“Thank you to everyone who voted, across the country and the world. Thank you to Stanford, (Stanford head coach Kevin Hambly), my coaches and professors for molding me into the person and player I am today.”
On top of winning a second NCAA championship in 2018, Plummer was named the AVCA Player of the Year, espnW Player of the Year, Pac-12 Player of the Year and AVCA Pacific North Region Player of the Year for the second straight season. She also took home the Honda Sport Award for volleyball and was the VolleyballMag.com Player of the Year. The junior earned AVCA All-America first-team honors for the third straight season.
Plummer was one of eight finalists for the honor. The other finalists were Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke (women’s volleyball), UCLA’s Rachel Garcia (softball), Texas’s Townley Haas (men’s swimming), LSU’s Aleia Hobbs (women’s track and field), USAG’s Morgan Hurd (women’s gymnastics), North Carolina’s Luke Maye (men’s basketball) and Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton (football).
The AAU Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930. Golfer Bobby Jones received the inaugural award. In 1944, swimmer Anne Curtis, a San Francisco native and Cal alum, became the first female to get the award.
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