Senior CLASS Award Candidates Announced

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Thirty women's college volleyball players have been selected as candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The annual award seeks to honor senior athletes who excel in four areas: community, classroom, character, and competition. Women's volleyball is one of 10 sports in which the Senior CLASS Awards is presented.

These 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists later in the season, and the winner will be announced during the NCAA championship in December.

Last year, Minnesota's Paige Tapp won the award, and in 2015 Cassie Strickland of Washington was honored.

Here are this year's 30 candidates:

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

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