Delavane Diaz Named Academy's Most Valuable Female Athlete
June 1, 2004
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Senior Delavane Diaz was named the Air Force Academy's Most Valuable Female Athlete at the department's Individual Awards Banquet on Monday, May 31.
Diaz has been an outstanding student, leader and volleyball competitor since her freshman season. Falcon volleyball head coach, Penny Lucas-White, considers Diaz to have been the backbone of the women's volleyball program and someone who has excelled in every phase of the Air Force Academy curriculum.
Diaz is a 2004 Rhodes Scholar, who holds a 3.96 GPA in her major of astronautical engineering. Ranked 15th in her class of 1,010 cadets, she has excelled in every aspect of Academy life and has been on the superintendent's list three of seven semesters, the dean's list seven of seven semesters, the commandant's list six of seven and the athletic director's list three of seven semesters. She earned the Sportwomen of Colorado Swede Johnson Award, which recognizes an "above and beyond" spirit of endeavor, reflecting not only substantial athletic ability and achievement on the playing field, but also academic excellence, on-and-off the court leadership, volunteerism and overall forward thinking.
In 2003, she earned academic All-America recognition, while setting multiple program and Mountain West Conference records. She served as Summer Wing Commander and is the current Group Honor Chairman. In addition, Diaz was named the Air Force Academy Cadet of the Year, which is the highest honor that a cadet can receive.
She is the third volleyball player in five years to have been named the department's female MVP, following Brook Effland in 2000 and Ana-Maria Oretega in 2001.