OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Texas senior All-American Bailey Webster has been named one of 10 NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes that were selected as finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, the selection committee announced today. 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.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on theSenior CLASS Award website through December 9. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
Webster, the 2012 NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, is averaging 3.46 kills per set this season for the Longhorns and hitting at a clip of .298 (235-61-584). The Preseason All-Big 12 selection ranks second in conference play with 3.87 kills per set and her .348 mark in Texas’ nine league matches ranks fifth.
In the classroom, Webster graduated with a 3.428 GPA from The University of Texas in December 2012 with a degree in Corporate Communication. She is currently enrolled in graduate classes and working towards a Master’s Degree in Advertising. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Webster was tabbed Texas Volleyball’s Academic MVP in both 2011 and 2012.
Off the court, Webster has been an active member of the community through volunteer work at the Youth National Volleyball Association where she spends time training youth in volleyball skills and healthy lifestyle choices. As a SAAC Leader of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Webster has facilitated a number of community services events including Marathon Kids, Orange Santa and the annual Neighborhood Longhorns Scholarship Banquet.
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.
Women’s Volleyball Finalists
Jennifer Cross, Michigan
Natalie Hagglund, USC
Emily Hartong, Hawaii
Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas
Chloe Mann, Florida
Ashley Potts, Western Kentucky
Ariel Scott, Penn State
Bailey Webster, Texas
Lauren Wicinski, Michigan State
Carly Wopat, Stanford