Western Kentucky University Volleyball 2017
Jessica Lucas – Courtesy WKU Athletics

WKU Volleyball seniors Alyssa Cavanaugh and Jessica Lucas have been announced as two of the 30 NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award. 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.

“What a great honor for our entire WKU volleyball program to have two players on the list,” Travis Hudson shared. “It is truly a testament to the kind of student-athletes we have in our program. We take a lot of pride in how we represent our university.”

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.

Western Kentucky University Volleyball 2017
Alyssa Cavanaugh –
Courtesy WKU Athletics

Cavanaugh and Lucas have already combined for six AVCA All-America accolades with the Lady Toppers and account for two of 17 candidates with at least one All-America honor. The WKU duo has collected a multitude of awards during their time on The Hill including each earning Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year (Lucas 2016, Cavanaugh 2017). Cavanaugh was the 2016 C-USA Player of the Year while Lucas is the two-time defending C-USA Setter of the Year.

In addition to their successes on the court, Cavanaugh and Lucas are just involved in the classroom and community. Both student-athletes are heavily involved with the Hope 4 Harlie are Friends of Jaclyn Foundation while also racking up community service hours through WKU Athletics’ Hilltoppers with Heart campaign. Both WKU representatives have spent time on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll. Additionally, Lucas earned a spot on the C-USA All-Academic Team during her junior season.

WKU is one of just four teams to land multiple student-athletes on the candidate list of the prestigious award. Joining the Lady Toppers with two honorees are Wichita State, Washington and Penn State.

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.

In 2013, Ashley Potts was named to the Senior Class Award All-America Second Team after being named as one of the award’s 10 finalists.

2017 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

How to Follow the Lady Toppers: For complete information on WKU Volleyball, follow the team on Twitter at @WKUVolleyball and head coach Travis Hudson at @TravisHudsonWKU.

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Jessica Leifheit
Assistant Director

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