Minnesota middle blocker Paige Tapp has been selected as the 2016 Senior CLASS Award winner in NCAA DI Women’s volleyball. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I volleyball coaches, national volleyball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student in Division I volleyball.
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. While there have been multiple Senior CLASS Award All-Americans from the University of Minnesota, Tapp is the first Golden Gopher from any sport to be named the overall winner.
As a two-time AVCA All-American, Tapp is not only impressive on the court, but she is also impressive in the classroom. Tapp is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America selection earning first-team honors this season and second-team recognition in 2015.
The Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree from Minnesota this season, Tapp has over 16 hours of community service work through M.A.G.I.C. (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community) and Athletes in Action Ultimate Training Camp, and has participated in the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also has assisted in fundraising events for Unlimited Dance Marathon and has volunteered at the Gopher Athletics’ HopeDay Festival, an annual event that works in conjunction with the HopeKids organization.