Oct. 19, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Sam Serley of the UAB volleyball team was named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award for excelling both on and off the court throughout her career as a Blazer.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. UAB fans are encouraged to vote for Serley on the Senior Class Award website through Nov. 26. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
Serley has been the definition of a leader by example for the Blazers, maintaining a 3.75 grade point average as a health care management major and accounting minor. The two-time All-Conference USA Academic Team selection, has been involved with multiple charitable groups and was named the league's Spirit of Service recipient last fall.
On the court, Serley has reached some impressive milestones in her final year wearing the Green and Gold. She recently became just the ninth player in C-USA history to surpass 500 career blocks and also reached 1,000 kills earlier this season.
The Nashville, Tenn., native currently ranks in the top five in school history in multiple categories and currently leads C-USA in hitting percentage (.379) and blocks per set (1.37).
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.
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