ACC Volleyball Leads All Conferences With Two Lowe's Senior Class Award Finalists

Oct. 12, 2011

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - North Carolina’s Kaylie Gibson and Miami’s Lane Carico have been chosen as two of the ten finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for 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: community, classroom, character and competition.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is the only conference to have two student-athletes chosen as finalists.

Gibson needed only six matches this season to move into second all-time at UNC in career digs, passing former Tar Heels Laura Green ('02) and Caroline deRoeck ('04). She has tallied 1,754 total digs to date, trailing only Brianna Eskola's 2,238 digs. The senior from Apex, N.C., also ranks second all-time in career dig average with a 4.16 clip.

Gibson, the 2010 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention and 2011 Preseason All-ACC candidate, has compiled a team-high 258 digs this year and ranks eighth in the conference in digs per frame (4.10). The senior libero also ranks second on the team in service aces (13) and has registered the third-most assists (70).

Carico, an outside hitter from Manhattan Beach, Calif., became Miami’s all-time leader in kills during the second set of the Hurricanes’ 3-0 win over Duke on Sunday, Oct. 2. The 2010 AVCA Third Team All-America player currently has 1,532 kills throughout her career. She also ranks second all-time in points (1,733), third in kills per set (3.75), third in digs (1,505), fourth in service aces (109) and eighth in sets played (409).

On the campaign, Carico has helped the Hurricanes to their first-ever regular season ranking with the Canes getting as high as No. 20 in Week Five. Carico is fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in kills with 186 (3.44 per set), fifth in digs with 233 (4.31 per set) and fourth in points with 212.5 (3.94 per set). She’s also second on the team with 15 service aces.

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 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 announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through November 21. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, which will be played December 15 and 17 in San Antonio, Texas.