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Missy White, left, received her award from WCC Commissioner Jaime Zaninovich last week.
Missy White, left, received her award from WCC Commissioner Jaime Zaninovich last week.
VB | White Earns WCC Sportsmanship Award
Release: Wednesday 06/10/2013 
by SMC Athletics

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- In recognition of her efforts as one of Saint Mary's most active student leaders over the course of her time in Moraga, Gaels volleyball player Missy White received the West Coast Conference Sportsmanship Award at the WCC Honors Dinner in Napa, Calif. last week.

"From all my years coaching outstanding student-athletes at Saint Mary's, I can't think of a more deserving recipient of this award than Missy," Saint Mary's coach Rob Browning said. " Her positive influence extends way beyond her ability and leadership on the court. Missy has had a huge influence on our volleyball program, especially on me personally. She has been a superb role model for all of us in how to thrive academically, athletically, socially and spiritually. I am thrilled that the WCC is recognizing her in this way."

A native of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, White finished a brilliant SMC career in 2012. An All-WCC first team performer in 2011, she fought through injury during her senior season to lead the Gaels both on and off the court. She played a huge role in Saint Mary's run to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

When not playing volleyball, White was a standout leader in the SMC community. She served as a WCC Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative for four years, and represented the WCC as a member of the National SAAC for two years.

White also helped organize a shoe distribution that took place during the NCAA Final Four, and was present for numerous Saint Mary's athletic events when not training for volleyball.

Portland was awarded the WCC REPRESENT Cup for the conference institution with the most sportsmanship points accrued throughout the 2012-13 season. Loyola Marymount baseball player Cullen Mahoney won the male Sportsmanship Award.