Volleyball candidates announced for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award

September 09, 2015

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (September 9, 2015) – Thirty NCAA® women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected today as candidates for the 2015 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, 25 have grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher, including 16 who maintain above a 3.5. Six are returning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, and 11 are members of teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

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 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.

Volleyball 2015 Candidates

Name Position School
Avery Acker Setter SMU
Morgan Bergren Setter University of Kentucky
Deidra Bohannon Outside Hitter Georgia State
Jordan Burgess Outside Hitter Stanford University
Sydney Crimmins Right Side UMKC
Adrianna Culbert Hitter/Setter Colorado State University
Kaitlyn Hickey Outside Hitter IUPUI
Katie Hillman Outside Hitter University of Delaware
Kierra Holst Outside Hitter University of Oklahoma
Melanie Jereb Outside Hitter Creighton
Myla Marshall Middle Hitter Alabama State
Amy Matula Setter Lehigh
Molly McCage Middle Blocker University of Texas
Taryn Miller Libero UMKC
Taylor Morey Libero University of Wisconsin
Paige Neuenfeldt Middle Blocker/Opposite Hitter North Carolina
Amanda Orchard Middle Hitter University of Pittsburgh
Kendall Pierce Defensive Specialist Penn State
Taylor Pippen Middle Hitter Southern Illinois University
Emma Roberson Right Side Hitter University of Cincinnati
Ashley Rosch Outside Hitter Illinois State
Chelsee Sauni Setter Coppin State
Courtney Shaw Outside Hitter Marist College
Emily Sklar Outside Hitter Duke University
Cassie Strickland Libero University of Washington
Shelby Sullivan Middle Blocker Texas A&M
Kristen Torre Middle Blocker Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Melanie Wade Middle Blocker University of Washington
Nicole Walch Outside Hitter Florida State
Jocelyn Youngdahl Middle Blocker Belmont