Adams named a top 10 finalist for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Oct. 12, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Texas senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams has been named one of the 10 finalists for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. The award recognizes volleyball student-athletes who excel in the four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in all four categories.
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. 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.
In the classroom, Adams has been a leader for the Longhorns as she works toward her degree in advertising and takes classes in Texas' creative sequence. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team pick, Adams is a four-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection.
In 2010, Adams was an AVCA All-America First Team and Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team choice. She was a member of the 2010 NCAA Austin Regional All-Tournament Team and garnered AVCA All-Central Region First Team lauds. As a junior, Adams ranked No. 1 in the NCAA statistics with a .443 hitting percentage, while leading the Horns and ranking sixth in the Big 12 with 1.18 blocks per-set.
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.