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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Thirty of the top NCAA® softball student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, were selected as candidates for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate softball.

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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

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. 

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in March, 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.

Twenty-six programs were represented this year with East Tennessee State, Minnesota, Stanford and UCLA each having two honorees.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2021 Women’s College World Series® in June.

For more information on all the candidates, visit

2021 Senior CLASS Award Softball Candidates:

Sis Bates, Washington

Karlee Johnson, Boise State

AnaMarie Bruni, South Florida

Cayla Kessinger, Missouri

Danielle Castleberry, Mercer

Jennifer Leonhardt, Louisville

Teaghan Cowles, Stanford

Kendyl Lindaman, Florida

Mia Davidson, Mississippi State

Goose McGlaun, Baylor

Amber Fiser, Minnesota

Maddie McMahon, Siena

Sydney Fisher, Radford

Liz Murphy, Detroit Mercy

Julia Fritz, East Tennessee State

Bubba Nickles, UCLA

Darian Frost, Missouri State

Makenna Partain, Minnesota

Rachel Garcia, UCLA

Kendall Smith, Western Kentucky

Kristin Hallam, Hofstra

 Nicole Timmons, Drake

Jessie Harper, Arizona

Kelly Warren, East Tennessee State      

Alexis Holloway, Notre Dame

Kayla Wedl, Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Andrea Howard, New Mexico

Alea White, Central Florida

Kristina Inouye, Stanford

Sami Williams, Iowa State

-- Courtesy of Senior CLASS Award

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