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Former UCO Resident Athlete Finalist for Sportswoman of the Year

Sept. 4, 2013

Media Contact: Whitt Carter, Communications Assistant, Wellness Center, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-3127,


Former University of Central Oklahoma resident athlete Katie Holloway is one of six finalists for the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year, handed out annually by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Holloway is an integral part of the U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball Team, which trains at UCO, an official U.S. Paralympic training site.

Voting runs through Monday, Sept. 9, and can be found online at

Last December, Holloway was awarded the 2012 USA Volleyball Female Sitting Player of the Year for the second straight year, following Team USA’s win at the 2012 Volleyball Masters tournament in the Netherlands.

Holloway was also named Best Spiker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She led Team USA in scoring in four Paralympic matches, scoring 98 points on 80 kills. Holloway also recorded nine blocks and seven aces, helping Team USA to a silver medal finish.

Recently, Holloway played a big part of Team USA’s sweep of the Russian National Team in an exhibition series in May 2013. Holloway is currently in Russia, where she will compete in an international event in October.

Holloway is joined by five other finalists for the Team Sport honor, including Candace Parker (basketball), Talita da Rocha Antunes and Taiana Lima (beach volleyball), Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois (bobsled), Amanda Kessel (ice hockey) and Melissa Seidemann (water polo).

Holloway is a graduate of Cal State Northridge, where she played basketball from 2004-2008.

The Sportswoman of the Year awards - individual and team categories - will be given at the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 34th Annual Salute to Women in Sports on Oct. 16 in New York.

Nominations for the awards are submitted by sports governing bodies, as well as the public. The finalists are then voted on by the Foundation’s Awards Committee and the general public.

Central became an official U.S. Olympic Training Site in July 2009, and has been an official U.S. Paralympic Training Site since 2005. At Central, athletes can train for Olympic volleyball and any Paralympic sport. Currently, Central hosts 16 resident athletes in the sports of sitting volleyball, archery, taekwondo and track and field.

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