June 10, 2013
Lesli Akeo '13 is one of two MAAC nominees for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Akeo and Saint Peter's indoor track standout Renee Brzyski move on to the Division I national ballot.
To be eligible for the NCAA Woman of the Year award nominee must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2012-13 competitive season and received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2013 term. Nominees must also have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III and the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year will be honored at a dinner in Indianapolis October 20, 2013. Akeo (Kapolei, Hawaii) was the first student athlete in program history, and the only volleyball player in the Northeast this season selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, the premier award collegiate seniors. She was also named the 2013 Siena College Female Student Athlete of the Year.
On the court, Akeo will go down as one of the finest volleyball players in school history. The two-year captain is Siena's all-time digs leader posting 2,285 digs in 116 matches played and ranked 5th nationally in digs per set with 6.11 in 2012. She is a two-time All-MAAC Tournament and First Team All-MAAC selection. Akeo was also named the 2011 MAAC co-Defensive Player of the Year and the 2012 MAAC Libero of the Year. She helped Siena to 21 wins and a MAAC Championship match appearance in her final year with the program.
Academically, Akeo has maintained a 3.74 grade point average in Management. She was selected to the Presidents List twice, earned a spot on the dean's list three times and named to the MAAC All-Academic Team three times.
Akeo has also given back to the community. She has been active with the Junior Achievement Program since 2009, helping young people to prepare for the real world. In her native Hawaii, she volunteered for the annual King Kamehameha Celebration and helped out at area sports clinics. Akeo is also one of the founding members of Siena's Polynesian Culture Club and served as her team's representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.