Strickland Selected As Volleyball Senior CLASS Award Winner
SAN FRANCISCO - The 2015 Senior CLASS Award® winner in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball was announced on Thursday and WASHINGTON senior libero Cassie Strickland won the honor. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I volleyball. 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: classroom, community, character and competition.
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. After playing outside hitter her first two seasons, Strickland switched to libero and was voted the Pac-12 Libero of the Year and was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention honoree in 2014. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native has also earned Pac-12 All-Academic recognition three times in her career. She boasts a 3.21 GPA and is pursuing a degree in anthropology.
In 2015, Strickland was first-team All-Pac-12 member, AVCA All-Pacific North Region honoree and she earned AVCA All-America honorable mention accolades. Strickland set the school record for sets played in a career (462) and helped her team to a share of the Pac-12 title. As part of the winningest class in Husky volleyball history, Strickland also led her team to 117 victories, including those earned in UW’s trip to the 2013 NCAA semifinal and this year’s NCAA quarterfinal.
Strickland was joined by STANFORD senior outside hitter Jordan Burgess as a first-team Senior CLASS All-American. Burgess was also named the 2015 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is a human biology major with a 3.62 grade point average. she was also recently named to the Pac-12 All-Academic squad, earning a spot on the first team. On the court, Burgess was a 2014 first team AVCA All-American, garnering honorable mention nods in 2013 as a sophomore. She was also a two-time second team All-American by Volleyball Magazine and has twice been named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team in her career. She helped Stanford claim two Pac-12 titles (2012 and 2014) and a national semifinal appearance in 2014, and became only the ninth Stanford player to reach the 1,000 mark in both kills and digs.
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