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Volleyball, Softball Player Named ‘Woman of the Year’

February 27, 2014

Atlantic Cape Community College volleyball and softball player Jessica Solorzano, a Pleasantville native and graduate of the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, was named a Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS).

Women of the Year recipients were honored at the annual New Jersey National Girls and Women in Sports Day luncheon at Seton Hall University Feb. 9.

Solorzano, 19, is a student at Atlantic Cape’s Academy of Culinary Arts, and intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management upon graduation.

The sophomore plays both volleyball and softball. She was an outfielder for the Bucs’ 2013 softball team, which recorded its most wins in its history. She was volleyball team captain and outside hitter in fall 2013.

She was nominated by her softball coach, Sean Thomas, who praised her leadership and volunteerism. She is active in volunteering, most recently at the Atlantic Cape Adopt-a-School event in December for Charles Spragg Elementary School children.

Her other accolades include receiving Atlantic Cape’s first NJCAA All Academic Team Award for the 2013 softball team and being named All-Academic Garden State Athletic Conference and Academic All Region in volleyball in 2012 and for softball and volleyball in 2013. 

“It’s remarkable how much Jess has accomplished athletically and academically at Atlantic Cape. For her to play two sports so well and have so much success in the classroom is truly amazing,” said Mike Rennick, assistant director of athletics.

Each year, the NAGWS presents the Woman of the Year award to one exceptional athlete from each college and university in the state for their achievements in athletics, academics and community service.