Niemer Tabbed College Volleyball Sportswoman of the Year

March 24, 2011

CINCINNATI - Senior University of Cincinnati volleyball star Stephanie Niemer (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) was named the College Sportswoman of the Year for volleyball, the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association announced Thursday.

With the award, Niemer becomes one of six finalists for the overall College Sportswoman of the Year Award to be announced on April 17 at the 18th annual GCNKWSA Awards Ceremony.

Niemer is coming off one of most celebrated careers in UC volleyball history. She was the first Bearcat to be named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Second Team after finishing the 2010 season ranked fourth in the NCAA in kills per set.

Volleyball Magazine named Niemer a First Team All-American in February after the 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year finished her Cincinnati career ranked first in service aces and matches played, as well as second in kills and kills per set.

Additionally, Niemer was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week six times in 2010, a single-season conference record. She also earned the AVCA National Player of Week Award on Sept. 21 after combinining for 60 kills, five service aces, 23 digs, five blocks and a .391 hitting percentage in Cincinnati's wins over No. 5 Illinois and Purdue at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.

Niemer, who helped lead the Bearcats to the 2010 BIG EAST regular-season championship and the second round of the NCAA tournament, is currently playing professionally in Puerto Rico for Indias de Mayquez.

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