Volleyball Columns

Frank Lombardo

Looking Back on the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award®

by Frank Lombardo July 02, 2021 in Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball

In an extremely challenging year for most, it meant so much for us to honor all of the special seniors during the 2020-21 academic school year - even more so because last year was incomplete. We knew there would need to be a change to our program with student-athletes being granted the option of an additional year of eligibility, and we welcomed the opportunity to be proactive. We encouraged all senior student-athletes, who would have normally exhausted their eligibility at the conclusion of… Continue Reading

Matt Gasper

Nominations for Seniors in 2020-21 Will Proceed

by Matt Gasper December 07, 2020 in Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball

As the Senior CLASS Award continues to evolve and maneuver through the COVID-19 pandemic, it has always been our goal to recognize and honor the well-deserving senior student-athletes who represent their prestigious universities during the 2020-21 academic school year. Nominations for the various Senior CLASS Award sports are beginning to open up and we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify how the award process will be conducted during this ever-changing time and address a frequently… Continue Reading

Gary Heise

We’re Honoring Seniors in 2020-21 - Just on a Revised Timeline

by Gary Heise October 16, 2020 in Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball

The Senior CLASS Award has proudly honored the nation’s top senior student-athletes for 18 years. We’ve presented awards to many amazing young stars, some of which have gone on to professional sports careers and others who have been just as successful pursuing other paths in life. The award launched in 2002 with the inspiring story of Shane Battier, the urging of the late, great Dick Enberg and a group of executives who moved forward with the idea. It has grown immensely into an ever-popular… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Highlights

by Jill Lee June 14, 2018 in Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball

Another year. Another 10 outstanding student-athletes honored as Senior CLASS Award winners. We love it! From fall to spring, the 2017-18 academic year gave us some incredibly memorable winners. So, to recap this season, we’d like to recount three of our internal highlights from this Senior CLASS Award year. Take a look! 1. Okay, let’s be honest here. Football winner Shaquem Griffin had one of the most amazing stories in all of sports this year, and we were thrilled to be able to honor… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

Senior CLASS Award Year in Review

by Jill Lee June 29, 2017 in Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball, Volleyball

Every spring when the academic year comes to a close, we get a chance to look back on the “year that was” in the world of the Senior CLASS Award (SCA). It’s always inspiring to remember the student-athletes who were honored and recall what they’d done to deserve the honor. This year was certainly one to remember for the SCA staff, as it featured several firsts in award history. We saw our first set of twins make it to the round of finalists when Minnesota volleyball stars Paige and… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

Patience pays off for volleyball star Mancuso

by Laurie Bollig January 22, 2013 in Volleyball

As her sister Dani was busy helping Nebraska win the 2006 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, Gina Mancuso was tearing it up on the court as a sophomore at nearby Papillion-LaVista High School. Two years later, Gina was named the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year – the first high school athlete from the state to win the honor. So, taking up where Dani left off and making an immediate impact on the Husker volleyball team – no problem, right? Wrong. The most… Continue Reading

Aubrey Everett

Alaina Bergsma relishes roles as volleyball player and pageant queen

by Aubrey Everett November 04, 2012 in Volleyball

The University of Oregon women’s volleyball team is in the middle of a season-long hot streak and driving the bus is senior Alaina Bergsma. The 6’3” outside hitter is leading her squad to one of its most successful seasons in recent years, and still finding time to be productive and charitable off the court. Bergsma has been nominated as one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. The honor recognizes Division I women’s volleyball athletes who not only put up big numbers at the… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

Fall season kicks off with stellar list of candidates

by Laurie Bollig October 02, 2012 in Volleyball

We’ve barely had time to catch our collective breaths after a great season of Senior CLASS Award winners in 2011-12. We met the likes of Kirk Cousins - a terrific quarterback from Michigan State who wowed us all with his speech about the privilege and responsibility of being a student-athlete. We learned how important family and her home state of Hawaii are to Kanani Danielson when she joined us at the Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. We saw perseverance personified when Robbie… Continue Reading

Aubrey Everett

Hawai’i's Kanani Danielson Has it All

by Aubrey Everett December 26, 2011 in Volleyball

With roots winding far back into Hawaiian culture, the traditional name Kanani means “the beautiful one.” University of Hawaii senior and 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winner for volleyball Kanani Danielson has her own roots dug deeply into the chain of islands, and has worked hard to make both the volleyball world, and her local community, proud. Living up to her moniker, Danielson has not only worked hard and given an immense amount of physical and mental strength on the court and in… Continue Reading

The Left Coast’s top players - Danielson and Hill completing well rounded college experience

by Cindy Luis October 31, 2011 in Volleyball

Great players. Even better people. Hawaii’s Kanani Danielson and Pepperdine’s Kim Hill have much in common beyond success on the volleyball court. The two senior All-Americans bring new meaning to the term “time management” when managing to devote quality time in the community and in the classroom. And it’s all done with a humility that is as rare as they are. “She wears it well,” Pepperdine coach Nina Matthies said of Hill. “If you didn’t look at the stats, you’d never know she was a great… Continue Reading

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