ATLANTA (May 21, 2018) - The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced that Hendrix senior two-sport student-athlete Sara Dyslin has been named the 2017-18 Summit Management Corporation SAA Woman of the Year.
The SAA Woman of the Year presented by Summit Management Corporation is the highest honor the league bestows. Dyslin had nothing short of amazing careers in both basketball and volleyball while at Hendrix.
In basketball, the San Jose, Calif., native scored 1,193 points, averaging 16.1 per game, and shot 56.7 percent (420-for-741) from the field and 76.1 percent (353-for-464) from the free throw line. Dyslin also had 802 rebounds (10.8 per game), 67 assists, 106 blocks and 72 steals. She holds the school record in field goal percentage and ranks second in rebounds, rebounds per game, blocks, blocks per game, fourth in points per game and free throws made, eighth in points and ninth in field goals made.
For basketball, Dyslin was named the 2015-16 and 2016-17 SAA Player of the Year, as well as the 2014-15 SAA Newcomer of the Year. A three-time All-SAA First Team selection, Dyslin was named the 2014-15 D3hoops.com South Region Rookie of the Year. She also was named to the 2016-17 D3hoops.com All-South Region First Team, 2015-16 D3hoops.com All-South Region Second Team, and the 2015 & 2017 SAA All-Tournament Teams.
She was also a three-time SAA Academic Honor Roll member and made the 2016-17 All-ArkansasSports.Net Small College First Team. Dyslin was a 2016-17 Jostens Trophy Finalist and on the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team. Earlier this season, Dyslin was named the Conway Athletic Club's 2017 Marvin Delph Award for Sportswomen of the Year.
In volleyball, Dyslin's achievements were also outstanding. She played 335 sets at middle blocker and recorded 839 kills (2.50 per set), hit .295 with 22 assists, finished with 80 aces, 352 digs, and 368 total blocks. Dyslin was the 2016 SAA Player of the Year, and made the 2014, 2015, and 2016 All-SAA First Teams.
Additionally, Dyslin was also named the 2015 NCAA Regional Tournament Most Outstanding Player as well as made the 2014 NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team. She was on the 2014, 2015 & 2016 SAA Academic Honor Roll, and was named to the 2016 AVCA All-America Third Team.
Finally, Dyslin earned a spot on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team and made the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District squad.
The NeuroScience and French graduate finished her career with a 3.86 grade point average (GPA). In what little free time she had, Dyslin volunteered tutoring middle school French students and helped build homes for Habitat For Humanity. She also interned at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the Summer of 2017.
In a joint effort to honor the Southern Athletic Association's most elite student-athletes, Summit Management Corporation and the SAA partnered to create the annual SAA Man and Woman of the Year. The awards, selected by a committee comprised of Summit Management and SAA representatives, are given to the senior class male and female nominees who best exemplify traits of leadership, character, athletic and academic success.
The criteria for SAA Man and Woman of the Year nominees included that they must be a senior with no eligibility remaining, they must have been named First Team All-SAA in the sport in which in the participated during their athletic careers, and they must have qualified for the SAA Academic Honor Roll during their tenure as a student-athlete. Additionally, SAA Man and Woman of the Year candidates are expected to be involved in their local community in some meaningful way.