Oct. 3, 2017

Sammy Condon Senior CLASS profile

– Oakland's Sammy Condon was one of 30 NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes selected today as a candidate for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate 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 of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Condon, a redshirt senior from Naperville, Ill., is the second player in the Division I era to earn First Team All-League honors three consecutive seasons and ranks inside the program's top-10 career statistics in six categories. The elementary education major currently holds a 3.75 grade-point average (GPA) and was one of two players from the Horizon League nominated 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 their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

Of the 30 candidates, 13 have GPAs of 3.5 or higher and 18 have received academic all-conference honors. Seventeen are returning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, and 13 are members of teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.

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 Candidates
Rhamat Alhassan, Florida
Jaelyn Keene, Illinois State
Haley Barnes, High Point
Simone Lee, Penn State
Kelsey Bittinger, Kent State
Abbie Lehman, Wichita State
Julia Brown, NC State
Sydney LeMay, Western Michigan
Alyssa Cavanaugh, Western Kentucky
Jessica Lucas, Western Kentucky
Alexis Conaway, Iowa State
Merete Lutz, Stanford
Sammy Condon, Oakland
Mary-Kate Marshall, Oregon State
Melanie Crow, Missouri
Ebony Nwanebu, Texas
Lydia Dimke, Creighton
Maddie Palmer, Radford
Ashley Dusek, Kentucky
Kelsie Payne, Kansas
Emily Hiebert, Wichita State
Courtney Schwan, Washington
Kelly Hunter, Nebraska
Katie Staiger, Baylor
Brittany Jessen, South Dakota
Megan Theiller, Fairfield
Lily Johnson, Missouri State
Kori Waelbroeck, IUPUI
Crissy Jones, Washington
Haleigh Washington, Penn State

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior
CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community,
classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for
college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to
their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier
Sports Management manages the award.




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