BYU Volleyball Standout Mary Lake Named WCC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Jun 17, 2020, 1:14 PM
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Brigham Young Libero Mary Lake (18) celebrates after a point during the third set of a first-round volleyball match in the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament at the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse in Provo on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (Colter Peterson, Deseret News)
(Colter Peterson, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s volleyball star Mary Lake was named the 2019-20 West Coast Conference female Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

Lake concluded her illustrious career as BYU’s libero this past fall. In her four years at BYU, Lake was a three-time All-American, three-time All-WCC First Team honoree, and a three-time WCC Defender of the Year.

Lake helped lead BYU to four appearances in the NCAA Tournament including a run to the National Semifinals against Stanford in 2018.

The WCC Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year is selected by a vote of the WCC’s Executive Council to recognize the finest accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service by individuals who have completed their collegiate eligibility. Mike Gilleran was the WCC’s first league commissioner.

Lake joined Anders Engebretsen of Saint Mary’s men’s soccer as this year’s WCC Scholar-Athlete honorees.

Last season, Lake became the Cougars’ all-time leader in career digs, finishing with 1,898. A crowd favorite during her four years at BYU, Lake excels in the classroom as well. Lake is concurrently earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the BYU Marriott School of Business’s accounting program. BYU’s Business program is annually ranked as one of the top programs in the country.

Since BYU became a member of the West Coast Conference in 2011, Lake is the fourth BYU player to earn the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. Three of the four athletes have come from BYU’s Women’s Volleyball program.

BYU Athletes to earn WCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

2019-20: Mary Lake, Women’s Volleyball

2018-19: Roni Jones-Perry, Women’s Volleyball

2016-17: Amy Boswell, Women’s Volleyball

2011-12: Miles Batty, Cross Country

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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