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Kay Piper

Athletes the caliber of Kay Piper emerge only about once a decade, if that. At The University of Akron between 1981 and 1985, Piper excelled in both volleyball and softball – earning four letters each. The versatile Piper was voted Most Valuable Player in volleyball in 1981, ’83 and’84. In 1983, while leading UA to a 47-18 record, she was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference honor squad and she repeated that honor in 1984. As a talented shortstop, Piper became UA’s only three-time All-American in women’s sports, including first team berths in 1983 and in 1984. Kay led the Zips in batting in 1983 with a .451 average and a .390 in ’84 when UA won 48 of 54 games. And when the Zip nine went 51-10 in 1985, Piper batted .446 and blasted 15 home runs to lead the nation’s NCAA II players. She also led the nation in RBI’s (54) and triples (9). Kay currently holds four individual game, six seasons and seven career records at UA. Her offensive output was greatly responsible for guiding UA to national runner-up finishes in 1984 and ’85 where she was voted All-Tournament both years. The laurels continued when Piper was selected as one of four collegiate players named to the U.S. National Team that toured Australia in 1985. In 1982 and again in 1985, Piper was voted the Caroline Pardee Female Athlete of the Year Award. This past February, UA inducted Kay into its Sports Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1995 | Volleyball, Softball