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Ripson to receive Niagara PAL Female Athlete of the Year

Kristine Ripson

Kristine Ripson

February 20, 2014

Niagara County Community College’s athlete, Kristine Ripson, will receive the Niagara PAL Female Athlete of the Year award for her accomplishments on the women’s volleyball and basketball teams on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Ripson, a Lewiston-Porter graduate, has been a two-sport standout at Niagara County Community College for the past three years.  As a freshman, Ripson was named third team All-Western New York Athletic Conference and finished the year ranked in the top 20 nationally in hitting efficiency (0.410), kills per set (2.5), points per set (3.9) and blocks per set (1.1).  She also led the T-Wolves to the Region III championship and a 6thplace finish at the 2011 NJCAA Division III National Tournament. Following her sophomore campaign, Ripson earned first team All-American, Region III MVP, first team All-Region and first team All-Western New York Athletic Conference accolades.  She finished among the top five nationally in hitting efficiency (0.470), kills per set (4.7), points per set (6.5) and blocks per set (1.3).

Ripson continued her success on the basketball court, averaging 17.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game for the Thunderwolves during the 2012-13 season.  At the conclusion of her freshman year, Ripson was named Region III Player of the Year, first team All-Region and a member of the Region III All-Tournament team.  Currently, Ripson is averaging 16.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per contest for the T-Wolves, who have spent time in the national rankings for the first time in school history this year.  Ripson is also a tremendous student, holding a 3.5 GPA and an associate’s degree in business administration.  In 2013, Ripson was awarded the prestigious NCCC President’s Cup, which is annually given to the school’s top student-athlete.  She plans to transfer to a four-year school next fall.

The Niagara PAL Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards are given to post scholastic level competitors adhering to a high level of athletic achievement.  The banquet will take place at the Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls at 4pm.  For more information, please contact NCCC Sports Information Director, Amanda Pucci at 716-614-6259.

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