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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 today for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate softball.

 

Precious Birdsong, Middle Tennessee State

Briana Matazinsky, Manhattan

Rebecca Blitz, Indiana

Paige Parker, Oklahoma

Devin Brown, South Alabama

Kylee Perez, UCLA

Kaylee Carlson, Auburn

Erika Piancastelli, McNeese State

Ivie Drake, Georgia State

Randi Rupp, Texas State       

Lea Foerster, Michigan State

Jacquelyn Sertic, N. Dakota State

Meghan Gregg, Tennessee

Vanessa Shippy, Oklahoma State

Kylee Hanson, Florida State

Taylor Van Zee, Washington

Brittany Hitchcock, Hawaii

Tori Vidales, Texas A&M

Carley Hoover, LSU

Alexis Walkden, Seton Hall

Gabrielle Kelliher, Marist

Carlee Wallace, Baylor

Morgan Klaevemann, Florida State

Allie Walljasper, LSU

Meghan Kovac, Bucknell 

Emily Watson, Tulsa

Kayli Kvistad, Florida

Taylor White, Ohio State

Emily Lochten, Florida Atlantic

Carolyn Wright, Lehigh 

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 later in the 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 2018 Women’s College World Series®.
 
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Courtesy of Premier Sports Management

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