Summer Bales Named CCAA Honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year Award
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Summer Bales of the University of California San Diego women’s soccer team has been named a California Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) honoree for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Across the nation, 149 female student-athletes were selected by their conferences as nominees for the NCAA’s prestigious honor. The CCAA made the announcement on Tuesday.
“It is an honor to represent a team of intelligent and capable women, led by women, that works so hard to motivate each other to pursue our passions in athletics and every aspect of our lives,” said Bales about the accolade.
The recent graduate was recognized for her achievements in the classroom, on the pitch, in the community, and as a leader. On the field, Bales helped the Tritons to four CCAA Tournament titles during each of her four years, as well as back-to-back West Region crowns in her final two seasons. The midfielder picked up 35 points in her career off of five goals and 25 assists. During her senior year, Bales served as the team’s co-captain, leading the Tritons to an overall record of 19-3-2 with a 10-2-0 mark in CCAA play.
Bales gave her all in the classroom as well, recording a cumulative GPA of 3.744. The Temecula native graduated in June with an International Studies – Political Science degree, as well as a minor in International Migration Studies. Her interests compelled her to volunteer at the International Rescue Committee. Throughout her career, Bales garnered CCAA Fall All-Academic honors every year she was eligible. As a senior, Bales was selected as a National STUDENT-Athlete Day honoree and spoke at the event.
In the fall, Bales will return to La Jolla as she pursues a Master of Public Policy at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. She was awarded the distinguished NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in April, becoming the fifth Triton women’s soccer scholar-athlete to earn the honor.
Next, the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee will choose the top 10 honorees from Division I, II, and III, which will be announced in September. The top three finalists from each division will then be selected, and the winner will ultimately be announced on Oct. 20.
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