Nicolette Martin Named Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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    April 26, 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO -- USC senior Nicolette Martin (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon HS) was named the 2017 Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, April 26. The Trojans' co-captain will graduate in May with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. She holds the team's highest grade-point average at 3.70 with one of the most time and labor-intensive degree objectives offered by the University of Southern California.

    Martin was chosen to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team in 2016 and is a USC Mark's Scholar student-athlete. Despite having to juggle her schedule between practices, workouts, team meetings, and time in the classroom, she puts in numerous required hours in the studio working on course projects. Martin has had her works displayed in many student galleries and openings including the USC Artletics exhibit, which featured works done exclusively by student-athletes.

    On the court, Martin has the distinction of being named the first-ever Pac-12 Pair of the Week with partner Allie Wheeler in 2016. She was also chosen for the same honor in 2017 with partner Terese Cannon. She and Cannon are 28-7 this season (the team's third-highest total) with a 25-5 record in dual matches. Martin and Wheeler comprise the second-winningest pair in program history with 91 total victories over the course of a three-year partnership. Individually, Martin has collected over 125 career victories with various partners and has experience playing on the AVP tour.

    In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be seniors (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport, and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

    A Scholar-Athlete of the Year is named in each of the Pac-12's 23 sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, beach volleyball, men's cross country, women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's rowing, women's rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field, women's volleyball, and wrestling. The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were established during the 2007-08 academic year.

    The top-ranked Women of Troy (30-0) are set to defend their Pac-12 Championship and will open the upcoming conference tournament in Tucson, Ariz., at the Arizona Beach Volleyball Courts. The Trojans will take on either Utah or Oregon in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m. PT on Thursday (April 27). All team championship matches will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks and all six regional networks. Following the team competition, a pairs' champion will be crowned after an 18-pair bracket is played down on Friday afternoon through Saturday (April 29). USC seniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes are the defending Pac-12 pairs champions.

    For more information on the two-time national champion USC beach volleyball team and a complete schedule, please visit USCTrojans.com and follow @USCBeach on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram, and Snapchat.