Kim Hill Named Pepperdine's First Ever Finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Vote now through Nov. 21 at www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/volleyball_2011/
Oct. 12, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Ten NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists today for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, including Pepperdine’s own Kim Hill. 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.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s 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.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner.
Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS) is Pepperdine’s first ever top-10 finalist for the award. Miranda Ayim of women’s basketball and baseball’s Nick Gaudi both were honored as top-30 candidates during the 2009 season.
Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through November 21. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, which will be played December 15 and 17 in San Antonio, Texas.
Hill, a two-time AVCA All-American honorable mention, has continued to shine in 2011. She currently leads the Waves and ranks second in the West Coast Conference with a 3.71 kills/set average. The senior earned her second-consecutive WCC Player of the Week award on Oct. 3. Hill catapulted the Waves to a 3-2 victory over Saint Mary’s on Sept. 29 with a career-high 25 kills. The week prior, she averaged 3.67 kills/set versus both Portland and Gonzaga. She tallied a team-best 33 total kills in two matches, highlighted by her 10th kill of the contest versus Portland which counted as career kill #1,000.
Pepperdine (11-5, 5-0 WCC) plays at Santa Clara on Thursday, Oct. 13, before a road match at San Francisco on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Women’s Volleyball Finalists
Rachael Adams, Middle Blocker, Texas
Lane Carico, Outside Hitter, Miami (Fla.)
Kanani Danielson, Outside Hitter, Hawaii
Kaylie Gibson, Libero, North Carolina
Sarah Havel, Middle Blocker, College of Charleston
Kim Hill, Opposite Hitter, Pepperdine
Kelsey Jewasko, Libero, Texas-San Antonio
Kelly Murphy, Setter/Right Side, Florida
Tarah Murrey, Outside Hitter, California
Darlene Ramdin, Outside/Middle Hitter, St. John’s (NY)