Oct. 12, 2010

OVERLAND PARK, KS - Ten NCAA® womens volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists today for the first-ever Lowes Senior CLASS Award in 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 - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowes 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 candidates that was announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website through November 23. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner.

Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in Kansas City in mid-December.

It is exciting to recognize the 10 volleyball finalists, a remarkable group of young women dedicated to excellence in all areas of their lives,” said Tom Lamb, Lowes senior vice president of marketing. We are impressed with the level of involvement they have in community service efforts and in the classroom while playing a high-profile sport like women's volleyball.”

For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Volleyball Finalists

Name, Position, School
Sydney Anderson, Setter, Nebraska
Ellie Blankenship, Libero, Northern Iowa
Laura DeBruler, Outside Hitter, Illinois
Allyson Doyle, Outside Hitter, Western Michigan
Francie Ekwerekwu, Middle Blocker, Oklahoma
Lauren Gibbemeyer, Middle Blocker, Minnesota
Jenna Hagglund, Setter, Washington
Alix Klineman, Outside Hitter, Stanford
Carli Lloyd, Setter, California
Arielle Wilson, Middle Hitter, Penn State