Gina Mancuso of Nebraska wins the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® for volleyball

December 13, 2012

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Nebraska outside hitter Gina Mancuso, who helped lead the Huskers to a 26-7 record this season, has been selected as the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® winner in NCAA® Division I volleyball.

The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I 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 – classroom, community, character and competition.

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.

“It is an honor to be named the winner of the Senior CLASS Award,” Mancuso said. “It is truly a blessing and is a reflection of all the people who have had an influence on my life and have supported me along the way, including my family, friends, coaches, teammates and teachers. I would also like to thank all the fans around the country who showed their support by voting for me.”

A marketing major, Mancuso has been a member of the academic all-Big Ten team and was recently named a first-team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American. A two-year member of the school’s student-athlete advisory committee, she most recently served as its community outreach officer. Mancuso is a member of the Husker Connect mentoring program and is a motivational speaker for a local foster care.

“Gina is not only an outstanding volleyball player, but a great person. She understands that there is more to life than volleyball,” Nebraska head coach John Cook said. “She is a standout student and has spent numerous hours giving back to the community. She has led our volleyball team this year and is deserving of this prestigious award.”

Mancuso is a two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and was a unanimous all-Big Ten team selection as a junior and senior. She led the Huskers with 428 kills (a 3.48 kill per set average) and 34 service aces this year.

“Gina is a great example of a high school superstar who waited patiently for her time to shine in college,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “With Nebraska’s great history of outstanding volleyball players, Gina had to earn her playing time. When she got her turn, she made the most of it by becoming another Husker volleyball legend.”

DI Volleyball 2012 Winner

Name Position School
Gina Mancuso Outside Hitter Nebraska

First Team

Name Position School
Alaina Bergsma Outside Hitter Oregon
Ashley Frazier Outside Hitter Kentucky
Rachel Iaquaniello Outside Hitter Eastern Michigan
Ariel Turner Outside Hitter Purdue

Second Team

Name Position School
Dana Cranston Outside Hitter Colorado State
Altrese Hawkins Outside Hitter Memphis
Rachael Kidder Outside Hitter UCLA
Rachel Krabacher Outside Hitter Dayton
Sam Serley Middle Blocker UAB