Outstanding Female Amateur Athlete, New Orleans

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has recognized the top male and female amateur athletes from the Greater New Orleans area since 1978 – candidates must either play for a team that is based in the Greater New Orleans area or must be a native of the New Orleans area competing elsewhere. The honor is selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, which has been existence since 1957. All of the Sugar Bowl awards were presented on a calendar-year basis until 2009 when the Committee changed to an academic calendar (July-June). The annual awards banquet is typically held in late July or early August. Records from 1991-98 are not available.

Kristen Nuss, the winningest collegiate beach volleyball player in history, was selected as the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Female Amateur Athlete of the Year. The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, selects annual award winners in a variety of categories; it also selects Amateur Athletes of the Month and each year’s Hall of Fame class.

Nuss, a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy, finished her LSU beach volleyball career with 139 victories, more than any other player in the history of college beach volleyball. She teamed with Taryn Loth to post a perfect 36-0 record, tying the best record by an undefeated pair on Court 1 ever and the pair was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association Beach Pair of the Year (the equivalent of National Players of the Year) as well as being All-Americans.

Nuss also earned the Corbett Award as the top female amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana for 2020-21.

The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee has presented annual awards to amateur athletes in the region since 1958. Nuss also earned the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the year honor in 2016 after leading Mount Carmel to state titles in both volleyball and basketball – and earning MVP honors in both championship games.

The other finalists for Greater New Orleans Female Amateur Athlete of the Year were Kate Baker (Dominican Volleyball), Angela Charles-Alfred (Xavier University Tennis) and JerKaila Jordan (Tulane University Basketball). Baker was the Gatorade Louisiana Volleyball Player of the Year after earning MVP honors at the Division I State Tournament as Dominican captured the Division I championship. Charles-Alfred closed her distinguished career by earning All-America honors for the fourth straight year after helping Xavier reach the NAIA semifinals for the third consecutive time as she finished the season 20-5 in singles and 28-4 in doubles. Jordan became just the second player in American Athletic Conference history to be named the league’s Freshman of the Year unanimously as she led the Green Wave in points per game at 16.7 and shooting percentage at .477.

2020-21 Kristen Nuss LSU Beach Volleyball
2019-20 Angela Charles-Alfred Xavier University Tennis
2018-19 Ellie Holzman Mount Carmel Volleyball
2017-18 Aleia Hobbs LSU Track & Field
2016-17 Aleia Hobbs LSU Track & Field
2015-16 Kristen Nuss Mount Carmel Volleyball/Basketball
2014-15 Katie Kampen Mount Carmel Volleyball
2013-14 Kalani Brown Salmen Basketball
2012-13 Katherine Broussard Country Day Volleyball
2011-12 Christi Orgeron UL-Lafayette Softball
2010-11 Maribel Lopez-Porras Tulane Golf
2009-10 Trenese Smith Loyola University Basketball
Olivia Grayson Archbishop Chapelle Basketball
2008 Trenese Smith Loyola University Basketball
2007 Trenese Smith Loyola University Basketball
2006 Ashley Brignac John Curtis Softball
2005 Not Awarded Hurricane Katrina
2004 Jessica Barksdale John Curtis Softball
2003 Temeka Johnson LSU Basketball
2002 Julie Smekodub Tulane Tennis
2001 Meg Henican Newman Volleyball/Soccer
2000 Mindy Livaudais Ridgewood Prep Volleyball
1999 Grace Daley Tulane Basketball
1988 Ashley Cook Mandeville Track & Field
1987 Mitzi Plaeger Ecole Classique Track & Field
1986 Stacey Gaudet Tulane Basketball
1985 Stacey Gaudet Tulane Basketball
1984 Sandra Lucht UNO Basketball
1983 Sandra Hodge UNO Basketball
1982 Sandra Hodge UNO Basketball
1981 Sandra Hodge UNO Basketball
1980 Linda Wilson SUNO Track & Field
1979 Sharon Nolan Horse Racing
Linda Wilson SUNO Track & Field
1978 Amy Montgomery
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