Volleyball Candidates Announced for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award

October 2, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (October 3, 2017) – Thirty NCAA® women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected today as candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Of the 30 candidates, 13 have grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher and 18 have received academic all-conference honors. Seventeen are returning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, and 13 are members of teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.

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Volleyball Candidates

Rhamat Alhassan, Florida Jaelyn Keene, Illinois State
Haley Barnes, High Point Simone Lee, Penn State
Kelsey Bittinger, Kent State Abbie Lehman, Wichita State
Julia Brown, NC State Sydney LeMay, Western Michigan
Alyssa Cavanaugh, Western Kentucky Jessica Lucas, Western Kentucky
Alexis Conaway, Iowa State Merete Lutz, Stanford
Sammy Condon, Oakland Mary-Kate Marshall, Oregon State
Melanie Crow, Missouri Ebony Nwanebu, Texas
Lydia Dimke, Creighton Maddie Palmer, Radford
Ashley Dusek, Kentucky Kelsie Payne, Kansas
Emily Hiebert, Wichita State Courtney Schwan, Washington
Kelly Hunter, Nebraska Katie Staiger, Baylor
Brittany Jessen, South Dakota Megan Theiller, Fairfield
Lily Johnson, Missouri State Kori Waelbroeck, IUPUI
Crissy Jones, Washington Haleigh Washington, Penn State