WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Barby Ream, one of the top NCAA Div. III volleyball players on the West Coast last fall, has been named winner of the 2000 Mignon Borleske Athletic Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding female student-athlete at Whitman College.
The Borleske award recognizes athletic ability and accomplishments, leadership and sportsmanship qualities, and contributions to the campus as a whole.
Ream, a 1995 graduate of Seattle's Garfield High School, was one of 12 players named last fall to the NCAA Div. III All-West Region Team. A versatile 6-foot middle blocker, Ream committed just 31 attack errors last season and led the Northwest Conference (NWC) with a .403 hitting percentage. She ranked among the national leaders in that statistical category.
A four-year starter at Whitman, Ream was a two-time NWC "Player of the Week" during the past season. She also was named to the all-tournament team early in the season at a tourney hosted by Colorado College.
Ream led the Missionaries for a fourth consecutive season in blocks with 104, the fourth highest total in the NWC. She also ranked among the conference leaders in both kills (2.75 per game) and digs (3.22 per game). She made the all-conference first team, after having earned honorable mention recognition in each of the two previous seasons.
In her four seasons at Whitman, Ream collected 351 blocks, 685 kills and 829 digs. She led the Missionaries to winning seasons in each of the past three seasons. Whitman reached the 15-win plateau in two of those seasons.
"There isn't enough I can say about Barby's career at Whitman," Missionary volleyball coach Dean Snider said. "She has been a great part of our program. It's been a privilege to work with her. Barby's final season was her best. It was a great way to finish a great career."
Ream, an art history major at Whitman, is the daughter of Edie and David Ream of Seattle, Wash. Earlier this year, Ream made her debut as a professional artist with a solo exhibit of metal sculptures during the Ballard Art Walk in the Seattle area. A selection of those works, all representations of musical instruments, are on display in the Whitman Hall of Music (click here for a news release on Ream's art work).