Dec. 17, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- UAB volleyball player Sam Serley was named to the Senior CLASS Award's All-America second team after a standout career both on the court, in the community and in the classroom.
Serley was selected as one of 10 finalists out of all Division I volleyball players from across the country earlier this season. She was the first UAB player ever selected as a finalist for the award.
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 the platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in the communities.
Beyond a decorated career on the court, Serley was an outstanding leader, student-ahlete and humanitarian.
In the classroom, Serley maintained a 3.75 grade point average as a Health Care Management major with a minor in accounting. She was a three-time Conference USA All-Academic Team selection and named to the league's commissioner's honor roll three times along with garnering the C-USA Academic Medal twice.
An active community member, Serley spent countless hours giving back to the Birmingham area through a number of children's charities. She has been a Blazer Buddies' member by reading to kids, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.
In addition, Serley put her volleyball knowledge to work, coaching for the Birmingham Volleyball Club along with teaching volleyball to kids at Pump It Up family-fun activity center. Serley is also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory council and was named a C-USA Spirit of Service recipient last fall.
On the court, Serley captured numerous accolades, including being the first UAB player to earn AVCA All-America honorable mention recognition and All-Midwest Region accolades three times.
The two-time First Team All-Conference USA selection set the school record for career (564) and single-season (185) block totals. She also finished second in career hitting percentage (.340) and 10th in kills (1,245).
In the C-USA record books, Serley concluded her career fourth all-time in total blocks, seventh in blocks per set (1.22) and 10th in hitting percentage.
During her senior season, Serley led C-USA in hitting percentage (.380) and blocks per set (1.46).