Alissa Haber Among 10 Finalists For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
March 29, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford outfielder Alissa Haber was listed in an impressive lineup of 10 senior student-athletes today, when the finalists were announced for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Each year, the award is presented to student-athletes who excel not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in their community.
The 10 finalists have garnered tremendous achievements both on and off the field and were chosen from a list of 30 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete - classroom, community, character and competition.
Nationwide balloting begins immediately to determine the fourth annual winner, who will receive the award during the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
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 those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact.
Haber is an English major with a 3.30 GPA at Stanford. She earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable mention honors in 2009. On the field, Haber is a three-time All-American and All-Pac-10 selection. Haber entered her senior season with a .395 career batting average, a clip which stands only behind that of two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza in the Cardinal record books. She joins Mendoza as the only players in school history to enter their senior year as a three-time All-American. So far in 2010, Haber leads the Cardinal, hitting .484 with 44 hits, including nine doubles, two triples, five home runs and 22 RBI.
In addition to Haber, the 2010 finalists are: Chelsea Bramlett, Mississippi State University, Francesca Enea, University of Florida, Becca Heteniak, DePaul University, Tiffany Huff, University of Tennessee, Molly Johnson, University of Kentucky, Megan Langenfeld, UCLA, Charlotte Morgan, University of Alabama, Nikki Nemitz, University of Michigan and Nicole Pauly, Northwestern University.
These 10 names will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award softball ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding May 17. Fan balloting is available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text SOFTBALL to 74567 to vote for the finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
'It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to play a sport in college and still maintain an identity as a student,' said Tom Lamb, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing. 'These 10 softball finalists have managed to do just that, scoring high marks in the classroom, the community and on the diamond.'
This marks the fourth year for the softball division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. University of Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson received the award for the 2009 season and Virginia Tech pitcher Angela Tincher took home the 2008 honor. In 2007, University of Arizona outfielder Caitlin Lowe won the inaugural softball award.