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Matt Brown And Micha Hancock Are Penn State’s Student-Athletes Of The Year

Matt Brown and Micha Hancock, two of Penn State’s most successful student-athletes in recent memory, received even more recognition as they were named Penn State’s Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.

Brown was honored earlier this summer, as he was named the CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. Just a few months earlier, he won the 174-pound National Championship. The three-time All-American was also awarded both NCAA and Big Ten Post-Graduate scholarships for his excellence off the mat. The decorated wrestler leaves Penn State after a 118-16 career and the 12th-most wins in school history.

Hancock, in the meantime, had one of the most dominant collegiate careers anyone could ever claim. The setter had the nation’s most lethal serve, as she led the country in aces per set and had at least one ace in 36 of 39 matches. She led the Nittany Lions to National Championships in 2013 and 2014, and was nominated for an ESPY. Last season, Hancock’s 126 aces broke the record for the most in a single season in NCAA history. Overall, her 380 career aces make her both a Penn State and Big Ten record holder. What we’re trying to say is, of course she’s Penn State’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Every Big Ten school nominated two student-athletes to be named the conference’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year, as voted on by members of the media. Brown and Hancock are Penn State’s contributions to the ballot. Simply put, they deserve it.

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Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

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