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Three ACC seniors among top 30 candidates
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State libero Katie Mosher, Miami outside hitter Savanah Leaf and North Carolina opposite hitter Chaniel Nelson were selected as candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in volleyball, announced Tuesday.
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.
Mosher was selected to her second Preseason All-ACC Team this year, after capturing All-ACC Second Team honors in 2013. She started off the season with the third-best four-set dig performance (33) nationally in the 3-1 win over (then No. 7) Nebraska, setting a personal career high.
Off the court, Katie excels in the classroom, earning 2013 All-ACC Academic Team honors. She is a four-time Dean’s List honoree and two-time ACC Honor Roll member. In the spring of 2014, she was given the BVHS Senior Class Award from her high school – Bishop Verot, which is an honor given to a current student-athlete collegiate senior that has impacted their team both athletically and academically.
Leaf, a Preseason All-ACC selection, ranks 24th in the nation with 4.90 points/set and 37th in the country with 4.20 kills/set. She leads Miami with 84 kills on the season and ranks third in the ACC in kills/set.
Savanah has been instrumental in making an impact in the Miami community and in her home state of California. The rising senior has worked as a volleyball coach at the Jose Gandara Volleyball Camps in Coral Gables the past two summers and she has been a summer volleyball coach for the San Francisco Juniors VB Club. Leaf also got the Canes involved in a service project that helped revitalize inner city parks in the Miami area.
After missing all of the 2013 season due to injury, Nelson has returned in impressive fashion as a key leader and force for North Carolina. She is averaging 2.53 kills/set and a .310 hitting percentage, and has played in all 15 sets this season.
In addition, Nelson is a key figure in the UNC and Chapel Hill community. She is the founder and director of UNC S.W.A.G., a student-run organization dedicated to educating student-athletes on the effects of drugs and alcohol, and works to promote overall physical and mental health. Nelson is also active in the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy, where she serves as a Veteran Leader.
The 30 candidates 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 winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
For more information on all the candidates, visit SeniorCLASSAward.com.