Virginia Union women up for HBCU Awards

The following comes directly from Virginia Union:

Virginia Union University’s women’s basketball team, VUU Head Women’s Basketball Coach AnnMarie Gilbert, and senior volleyball player Taylor White are finalists for the 2017 HBCU Awards.

The HBCU Awards, presented by the HBCU Digest, acknowledges and celebrates achievement at historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States. Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture.

Finalists were selected from more than 175 nominations from HBCUs across the country. Winners will be announced on the evening of the seventh annual HBCU Awards ceremony, to be held on July 14 in Washington D.C.’s Gallup Building beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The Lady Panthers basketball team is a finalist in the Women’s Team of the Year category. The VUU women’s team were the National Runner-Up after making it all the way to the Championship Game of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Panthers finished ranked #2 in the nation.

AnnMarie Gilbert is a finalist in the Women’s Coach of the Year category. Gilbert guided the Lady Panthers to a school-record-tying 28 wins and an NCAA Atlantic Region Championship.

Taylor White, a senior from LaPlata, Md., was co-valedictorian this past year, majored in Teacher Education and carried a perfect 4.0 grade point average while at Virginia Union. She made the All-CIAA Volleyball Team after collecting 145 kills and 49 blocks last season.