HIGH POINT, N.C. – Senior Haley Barnes of the High Point University volleyball team has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced on 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. 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.
Barnes leads the Panthers with 3.12 kills per set and is second on the team with 2.82 digs per frame. The Neenah, Wis. native has been a stalwart in the Panthers’ rotation since entering college and is one of four D-I players in HPU’s history with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
Along with her stellar play, the outside hitter is a three-time team captain, heavily involved in her church and in the community and carries a 3.711 GPA while majoring in Exercise Science.
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 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
Volleyball 2017 Candidates
Rhamat Alhassan, Middle Blocker, Florida
Haley Barnes, Outside Hitter, High Point
Kelsey Bittinger, Outside Hitter, Kent State
Julia Brown, Outside Hitter, NC State
Alyssa Cavanaugh, Outside Hitter, Western Kentucky
Alexis Conaway, Middle Blocker, Iowa State
Sammy Condon, Middle Hitter, Oakland
Melanie Crow, Outside Hitter, Missouri
Lydia Dimke, Setter, Creighton
Ashley Dusek, Libero, Kentucky
Emily Hiebert, Setter, Wichita State
Kelly Hunter, Setter, Nebraska
Brittany Jessen, Setter, South Dakota
Lily Johnson, Outside Hitter, Missouri State
Crissy Jones, Outside Hitter, Washington
Jaelyn Keene, Middle Blocker, Illinois State
Sydney LeMay, Middle Blocker, Western Michigan
Simone Lee, Outside Hitter, Penn State
Abbie Lehman, Middle Blocker, Wichita State
Jessica Lucas, Setter, Western Kentucky
Merete Lutz, Opposite, Stanford
Mary-Kate Marshall, Outside Hitter, Oregon State
Ebony Nwanebu, Outside Hitter, Texas
Maddie Palmer, Outside Hitter, Radford
Kelsie Payne, Right Side Hitter, Kansas
Courtney Schwan, Outside Hitter, Washington
Katie Staiger, Outside Hitter, Baylor
Megan Theiller, Outside Hitter, Fairfield
Kori Waelbroeck, Right Side, IUPUI
Haleigh Washington, Middle Blocker, Penn State