Mac May Named a Finalist for the Senior CLASS Award
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Graduate outside hitter Mac May has been selected as one of ten finalists amongst NCAA women's volleyball athletes for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Thursday morning.
Per release, the award recognizes student-athletes who 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 focus on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact in their communities.
May was selected from a pool of 30 candidates earlier in the season. Nationwide fan voting for the award begins immediately. Fans can vote for May on the Senior CLASS Award Website through December 6th.
May has led the Bruins in kills and points in each of the past three seasons and is on pace to lead UCLA in both statistical categories in the Fall 2021 campaign. No Bruin in program history has led the team in kills or points in four consecutive seasons. May currently stands alone in fourth place on UCLA's all-time kills list at 1,866, 134 behind joining the illustrious 2,000-kill club and 178 back of Liz Masakayan (2,044, 1982-85) in third place. May would be the first Bruin since the NCAA's switch to rally scoring in 2001 to record 2,000 career kills.
May was honored as the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year in 2019 and has been named to the All-Pac-12 First Team three times (Spring 2021, 2019, 2018) as well as to the All-Pac-12 Freshman Team in 2017.
This season, May leads the Pac-12 with eight 20-kill matches following her 22 kills in the victory over No. 22 Washington State last Friday (10/29). She needs one more 20-kill performance to tie a season-high nine 20-kill matches set in 2019. May ranks second in the Pac-12 with 4.72 kills per set and 5.26 points per set in UCLA's 20 matches. She leads the Bruins with 359 kills and 400 points.
May won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 4, 2021, following a 59-kill weekend at Washington and Washington State. Her 39 kills in Pullman surpassed her career high by nine kills and established both the most kills by a Bruin in a conference match in program history as well as the second-highest, single-match kill total in program history. It had been 30 years since Natalie Williams recorded more with her 43 kills in a September match versus Hawaii in 1991. The 39 kills -- the most by any Pac-12 player this season -- also tied for the sixth most by a player in conference single-match history.
Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Dani Drews, Utah
Kennedy Eschenberg, BYU
Sydney Hilley, Wisconsin
Nicole Lennon, Rice
Kayla Lund, Pittsburgh
Mac May, UCLA
Jonni Parker, Penn State
Dana Rettke, Wisconsin
Alli Stumler, Kentucky
Cortney VanLiew, FGCU