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Former University of Wyoming student-athletes Reed Copeland and Clara Tapia are the school’s nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Copeland finished her Cowgirl volleyball career this past fall as an All-Mountain West selection. The Federal Way, Washington, native led the MW and was Top 5 in the nation in blocks (195) and blocks per set (1.64) last year.

Copeland also set career marks in kills (240), attacks (515) and points (349). During her four-year career at UW, Copeland helped lead the Cowgirls to a 78-45 overall record and a 48-24 mark in conference play. She was a driving force in Wyoming qualifying for postseason play the past two years as the Cowgirls played in the National Invitational Volleyball Championships the past two seasons.

Tapia started all 34 games for the Cowgirls’ basketball team, averaging 3.9 points, 3.1 assists and 26.9 minutes per game. The native of Barcelona, Spain, finished second in the MW and 23rd in the nation with a 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Tapia finished her three-year career No. 5 on the program’s all-time assists list with 394.

She also earned back-to-back CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was a finalist for the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri award as UW’s top undergrad student.

Copeland and Tapia are two of 585 nominees representing multiple sports in Division I, Division II and Division III.

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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