GREENVILLE, SC – The NCCAA announced that Meredith Hollar of Grace College was chosen as the 2016 Game Plan 4 Life Award recipient for DI Women’s Soccer.
Hollar will graduate from Grace College as one of the most prolific offensive talents in program history. The senior forward, from Warsaw, Indiana, leads the Lady Lancers this year with eight goals, including four game winners. She is fifth in team history for career goals and sixth in career points. Hollar posted eight goals and five assists as a sophomore, including a goal in the NCCAA championship game against Lee. In her junior season, she helped lead Grace to the program’s first trip to the NAIA National Championships.
Hollar has earned NAIA and NCCAA All-American accolades throughout her career and was the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman. She is a standout student, boasting a 3.99 GPA as an elementary education major. She is a member of Alpha Chi and will repeat as an NCCAA/NAIA Scholar-Athlete this year.
She has demonstrated admirable resolve to overcome an injury-filled career. She has posted her impressive statistics despite undergoing three knee surgeries in her four years. Before her senior season, she had another orthopedic knee surgery but recovered in time to lead the Lady Lancers’ attack in 2016. Grace has played the second-toughest schedule in the NAIA this fall, highlighted by a scoreless draw with No. 1 Spring Arbor who is 18-0-1.
As a high player at Warsaw, Hollar is among the all-time greats for the successful Warsaw program, sitting second in career points, career goals and is first in goals in a season. Her career accolades rival those of current Grace teammate and WCHS graduate Liz Van Wormer.
In the community, Hollar serves at her local church and with the Council for Exceptional Children. She was a student worker at the Center for Lakes and Streams and currently is a substitute teacher in the Warsaw public school system.
Head coach Michael Voss commented that Hollar is a true leader by example both on and off the pitch. “Meredith leads by example through her work ethic, spiritual discernment, and love for her teammates. She has unquestionably high character and faith in Christ,” Voss said. “She is quality in competition and in her love for Jesus, and she spurs others on to do the same.”
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