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Honda Award winners Robin Anderson and Abby Dahlkemper
UCLA Boasts Two Honda Sport Award Winners Vying for Honda Cup
By: UCLA Athletics
Junior defender Abby Dahlkemper (Menlo Park, Calif.) of the UCLA women's soccer team and UCLA junior tennis standout Robin Anderson (Matawan, N.J.), both of whom led their teams to NCAA championships in 2013-14, have received the Honda Sports Award in their respective sports and are finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup.

CBS Sports Network will air the live announcement of the Honda Cup on Monday, June 30, at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST, from the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. Dahlkemper and Anderson were chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools among four finalists in each sport.

The NCAA women's soccer champion Bruins had a Dahlkemper-led defense that ranked No. 1 in the nation in team goals against average (0.30) and shut out a school-record 18 opponents, including five of six in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruin defense allowed just eight goals all season and only one in postseason play. A 24-game starter, Dahlkemper finished the year ranked second on the team in minutes played (2,194) and contributed one goal and two assists from her center back position.

Dahlkemper was honored for the third consecutive year as a NSCAA All-American, All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-12 member and was the first defender in 10 years to be selected a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. She was also named the NSCAA Scholar All-America Player of the Year and earned NSCAA first-team Scholar All-American and All-West Region honors in addition to Capital One Academic All-District second-team honors and Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention acclaim for the second consecutive year.

Anderson was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and closed the season ranked second in the nation in singles and fifth nationally as part of her doubles team. She has earned All-America honors in both singles and doubles in each of her three seasons with UCLA and is a three-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection.

The junior helped lead UCLA to the NCAA title this year, posting victories in both singles and doubles in the final match. She was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and completed her season with a 34-6 singles record and a 34-2 doubles mark.

Three Honda Sports Awards winners for soccer have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup, Christine Sinclair (2006), Cindy Daws (1997) and Mia Hamm (1994), while the sport of tennis is seeking its first Cup winner.

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.

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