Five honored as Senior CLASS Award candidates

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON SR OH Alaina Bergsma, STANFORD SR S Karissa Cook, USC SR OH Katie Fuller, UCLA SR OH Rachael Kidder, and CALIFORNIA SR L Robin Rostratter have been named candidates for the women's volleyball Senior CLASS Award, announced on Thursday.

Bergsma, a business administration major with a focus in sports business and a minor in economics earned Academic All-Pac-12 second team honors in 2011. In the past year she has served more than 100 hours of community service. She helped judge fundraiser pageants for the Children's Miracle Network in Oregon and raised over $45,000 in combination with the four schools she assisted. She has spoke at many local and statewide events about goal building, how to accomplish your dreams and being a Division I athlete. Bergsma was named an AVCA third-team All-American, as well as, All-Pac-12 and All-Region first team honoree in 2011. She also ranked 14th nationally in kills and was third in kills and fourth in points and aces in the Pac-12.

Boasting a 3.57 GPA, Cook will be graduating in June with a major in product design. She was a 2010 and 2011 Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention honoree. Cook has been involved with mentoring and guiding young girls at camps throughout her collegiate career. She has also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, Cardinal for Community Special Olympics and Field Day, and participated in the Association for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk. Cook earned All-Pac 12 honorable mention accolades in 2011 and All-Pac-12 Freshman Team honors in 2009. She has been named to numerous all-tournament teams and earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors twice.

A communication major, Fuller has earned many academic honors including USC athletic department Student-Athlete of the Month, USC Credit Union Student Athlete of the month, and 2011 Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention. Fuller was instrumental in organizing her team to help the underprivileged students at Hoover Elementary School, as well as, helping with the Movember movement that serves to promote men's health. Fuller has interned with ESPNHS and helped organize large-scale events including the Elite 11 Camps. On the court, Fuller has helped lead her team to consecutive NCAA semifinal appearances in 2010 and 2011. She ranked second on the team with 2.83 kills per set as a junior. In 2011, she received AVCA All-Pacific Region honorable mention and was a a Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention player.

Kidder, a political science major, was named Academic All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2011, she has also earned UCLA Athletic Director's honor roll accolades three times. She has volunteered for three years with Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization that targets children most vulnerable to childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. In addition, Kidder has worked with UCLA's "I'm Going to College" program and took part in "A Run for Hope." During her junior season, Kidder led the Bruins in kills per set (4.70) and points per set (5.24). She earned first team All-America, All-Region and All-Pac-12 honors and helped UCLA to a National Championship, where she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.

A libero for the Golden Bears, Rostratter is majoring in Spanish and media studies and has a cumulative GPA of 3.905. She has earned the NCAA Elite 88 Volleyball Award, Academic All-Pac-12 first team honors and the Capital One Academic District 8 first team. A member of the Cal Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Rostratter has led community outreach programs such as "Jog for Jill" and "Swim with Mike". She has also served as a coach at Special Olympics athletic skills clinics and with the Cal Cops to help underprivileged children. A walk-on her freshman year, Rostratter earned a full scholarship in 2010, and as a junior was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention. She is first on Cal's all-time single-season digs list with 571.

TheSenior CLASS Award is given to student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. 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.

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 candidate class for women's volleyball will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular 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 winners will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, which will take place December 13 and 15 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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