University of Wisconsin-Superiors’ Emily VerWay, a senior from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., has been selected as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
VerWay, along 147 other student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions, will now advance in the process. The top 30 candidates will be announced in September, and, after being narrowed to nine, the NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.
A four-time All-UMAC first-team selection and three-year team captain, VerWay finished her career with 3,950 assists in 436 sets, an average of 9.06 per set. She was also named the 2015 UMAC Rookie of the Year.
VerWay was also exemplary in the classroom. With a 3.87 GPA, she was a double major in music and business administration, graduating in May. VerWay was a four-time member of the UMAC All-Academic Team and earned a place on the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
VerWay is also an accomplished pianist, has assisted in leading worship for church services at Faith Baptist in Hermantown, and at First Calvary in her hometown for the last five years. She also taught piano to children and teens in the area since 2016. She accompanied the UWS a capella choir for three years, while also volunteering on the piano at a local church in Superior this year.
In 2018, VerWay auditioned and won the opportunity to solo as a guest artist with the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra.
VerWay has volunteered for the Club Superior volleyball team's head coach for the 2017-18 season. She planned and ran practices for the 17 Selects, coaching in tournaments and developing players.
VerWay has also volunteered for athletics department community initiatives, including working at Second Harvest Food Bank and was part of "Caroling for Cans," among other endeavors.
Finally, VerWay spent 2016-17 as student leader for Athletes in Action, including leading weekly meetings and bible lessons.
VerWay is the first UMAC NCAA Woman of the Year nominee for the Yellowjackets since UWS joining the conference beginning in the 2015-16 season.