VB: Two Big Ten Players Tabbed Senior CLASS Award Candidates

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Michigan's Alex Hunt and Michigan State's Jenilee Rathje have been selected as candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as announced on Thursday. 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 Lowe's 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.

Thirty student-athletes were tabbed candidates for the award, which will be announced during the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship on December 15 and 17 in San Antonio. The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the season. The 10 finalists will be placed on an official ballot, which will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans who will select one student-athlete for the award.

Click here to see the complete release and list of candidates.

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