Kansas libero Cassie Wait has been named the JE Dunn Sportswoman of the Year, announced by the Kansas City Sports Commission on Monday. The three-year starter and 2016 Big 12 Libero of the Year helped lead the Jayhawks to the program’s first-ever conference title this season.
Wait also served as the starting libero for the team’s 2015 Final Four appearance, also a first in program history. The Gardner, Kansas native finished her career with the program’s fourth-best winning percentage (.819) and 104 victories during her four seasons in Lawrence. Wait led the Big 12 in digs per set this season (5.10) and finished second in career digs at Kansas (1,958). She was also named the 2016 Big 12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in December.
Wait is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and currently attends KU’s School of Law after graduating in three years with a business degree.
The distinction is given to the top female athlete in the Kansas City surrounding region. Wait will be presented with the award at the KC Sports Commission Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 26.