Bergsma and Kidder named finalists for Senior CLASS Award

By the Pac-12 Conference

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - OREGON SR OH Alaina Bergsma, and UCLA SR OH Rachael Kidder, have been named finalists for the women's volleyball Senior CLASS Award, announced on Friday.

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.

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.

The Senior 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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidate announced in September. These ten finalists are placed on an official ballot that 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. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encourage to vote at through November 26.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.

DI Volleyball 2012 Finalists
Alaina Bergsma, Oregon; Dana Cranston, Colorado State; Ashley Frazier Kentucky; Altrese Hawkins, Memphis; Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan; Rachael Kidder, UCLA; Rachel Krabacher, Dayton; Gina Mancuso, Nebraska; Sam Serley, UAB; Ariel Turner, Purdue.

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