Jun 20, 2014 9:00 PM by Jordan Mason
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - University of Colorado Colorado Springs senior softball student-athlete Jessica Belsterling was named a nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, announced by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics earlier this week. Belsterling is one of two nominees from the RMAC, one of 75 nominated by Division II institutions and one of 446 among all NCAA divisions.
Belsterling earned All-America honors last month with a Third Team selection by Daktronics. She is the seventh softball student-athlete to earn an All-America award and the 50th student-athlete in any sport at UCCS. Belsterling was also named an RMAC Scholar-Athlete last week.
Belsterling was a member of the Daktronics All-South Central Region First Team and NFCA All-Region Second Team. She was a four-time all-RMAC student-athlete in her career and ranked in the top 10 of UCCS career records for runs, doubles, home runs, RBIs and batting average. Belsterling finished the season ranked in the top five of the RMAC in batting average (.435), on-base percentage (.516), RBIs per game (1.33), hits per game (1.46) and runs per game (1.11).
Belsterling was named to the RMAC All-Tournament team and was a three-time RMAC Player of the Week in her career. She led the Mountain Lions to their second straight 25-win season and to the conference tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.
Belsterling was also a two-time member of the RMAC All-Academic First Team and earned the UCCS athletic department's McLaughlin Award for outstanding achievement in athletics, academics and community service. She was an NFCA Scholar-Athlete in 2013 and a member of the UCCS Dean's List in fall 2012. Belsterling will complete her final courses this summer for a degree in health science and walked at the university commencement in May.
The NCAA will progress through the selection process with conference, divisional and national finalists, and will announce the NCAA Woman of the Year in Indianapolis on Oct. 19.