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.