August 28, 2001

Arrighi Named Rhode Island’s Woman of the Year by NCAA

Providence, RI—Former Rhode Island College women’s volleyball student-athlete Jessica Arrighi (Rumford, RI) was named Rhode Island’s Woman of the Year by the NCAA.

There were 51 chosen, one representing each state and the District of Columbia. The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership. The state winners this year represent 14 sports, with 29 student-athletes chosen from Division I, nine from Division II and 13 from Division III.

Each member institution was invited to submit a nominee. For the second year, schools were permitted to nominate two candidates if one of the candidates was an ethnic minority, and 28 institutions did so, up from 16 last year. This year, 350 student-athletes were nominated, with 189 nominated from Division I, 41 from Division II and 120 from Division III.

A committee composed of representatives from member schools selected the state winners, and that same committee will select 10 finalists from among those winners. Selections are based on grade-point averages, athletic achievements and community service. The 10 finalists will be announced in the September 10 issue of The NCAA News. A national winner will be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics from among the 10 finalists. That winner will be announced at the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year dinner, presented by Rawlings, October 21 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. The theme for this year's event is "The stars of tomorrow."

Arrighi was able to excel in both the classroom and on the court during her four years at RIC. She graduated with a 3.92 cumulative grade point average. She served as President of the RIC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was named a Distinguished Student-Athlete by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) twice (1999, 2001).

Arrighi closed out her career in 2000 as one of the top women’s volleyball players ever at RIC. She started her career as an outside hitter, but after missing all of 1999 while recovering from shoulder surgery, Arrighi made the switch to back row as a senior in 2000.

For her career, she played in 289 games in 80 matches. She totaled 1,374 attempts, 483 kills, a .211 hitting percentage, 391 digs, 44 assists and 67 blocks. She is fourth all-time at RIC in career hitting percentage and sixth in kills. Arrighi also ranks in the top ten in several single season categories.

As a senior in 2000, she played in 79 games in 22 matches. She totaled 91 kills (1.152/game), a .199 hitting percentage, six service aces (0.076/game), 188 digs (2.380/game) and 18 blocks (0.228/game). She was fifth on the team in kills and third in digs.

Arrighi missed her entire junior season while recovering from shoulder surgery.

As a sophomore in 1998, she played in 118 games in 32 matches. Arrighi was second on the team with a .201 hitting percentage in 577 attempts. For the season, Arrighi had 218 kills (1.847/game), ten assists (9.085/game), 59 service aces (.500/game), 76 digs (.644/game) and 17 total blocks (.144/game). Arrighi led the team in service aces, and was second in kills and hitting percentage. Arrighi was named to the All-Bridgewater State Invitational team, the All-Rhode Island College Invitational team and to the All-Little East Conference Tournament team.

As a freshman in 1997, Arrighi played in 92 games in 26 matches and was in the top five on the team in virtually every statistical category. She posted the team’s top hitting percentage at .230. Arrighi also led the team with 47 service aces. She was second on the team with 174 kills and 127 digs, an average of 1.89 and 1.38 per game respectively. Arrighi was named to the Springfield Invitational’s All-Tournament team. She was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player.

Arrighi earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with a concentration in special education, from RIC in May of 2001. She is a 1997 graduate of East Providence High School.



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