The teams from the University of Colorado's volleyball and women's soccer programs recently handed out their respective year-end team awards.
The volleyball squad, which narrowly missed its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, tabbed senior Alexis Austin as the team's offensive MVP. Junior Cierra Simpson, an honorable mention All-Pac-12 Conference selection, earned the team's defensive MVP award while her sister, sophomore Gabby Simpson, was named the team's most improved player. Senior Nicole Edelman, named to the second team of the All-Pac-12 selections, earned the program's prestigious Golden Buffalo Award, which honors the CU athlete who best exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete and role model.
Despite a disappointing fall, the women's soccer team also boasted a number of individual standouts. Danica Evans, in her first season at CU after transferring from Portland, earned the offensive MVP award after tying for the team lead with five goals, a figure that ranked ninth in the Pac-12. Senior Madi Krauser gamely accepted a switch from forward to defense in 2015 and more than filled a void along the back line, earning second team All-Pac-12 honors and CU's defensive MVP award.
Sarah Kinzner earned the freshman/newcomer of the year honor and goalie Kate Scheele took home the team's academic honor.