Hawkins Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
Sept. 20, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis volleyball player Altrese Hawkins was one of 30 volleyball student-athletes that were selected as candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. Hawkins currently leads the team in kills and has shown determination off the court.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. The 2012 candidate class includes 16 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans from last season. Twenty-four of the 30 candidates have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, including Hawkins. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, which will take place December 13 and 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. In the classroom, Hawkins, a Schaumburg, Ill., native has been the definition of a student-athlete as she is majoring in Chemistry, Biology and Psychology. She also has Spanish minor. Even with three majors, Hawkins has a grade point average of 3.50. Named to the Dean's List five times, Hawkins has had a semester GPA over 3.0 seven times, including a perfect 4.0 in the 2009 spring semester. Hawkins has been on the Conference USA (C-USA) Commissioners Honor Roll all four years and earned the C-USA Commissioners Academic Medal twice (2008-09 and 2009-10). She was named to the C-USA's All-Academic Team in 2010 and 2011, and is on pace to graduate in May of 2013. She plans to attend medical school. During her playing career, Hawkins has been a two-time captain of the Memphis volleyball team. Currently, she is the only captain on the 13-member team. She has proved to be a hard worker, as she finds time to have an off-campus job around her busy schedule while triple majoring at Memphis. Along with all of her athletic and academic awards, Hawkins also finds time to volunteer and do community service in Memphis. Hawkins is active in the community in many different ways. She has volunteered at many hospitals and has worked on numerous community service projects. Hawkins has mentored junior high girls, and she tutored elementary children. Hawkins also helps promote health awareness for numerous issues, including heart disease, obesity, asthma and autism. She is a member of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which also helps her get into the community and help others. While attend C-USA SAAC conference in Dallas as Memphis' representative, she volunteered at the Children's Hospital in the Oncology Department. Hawkins is a two-time first team All-Conference USA performer and was also named to the C-USA All-Freshman team in 2009. She earned American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American honors in both 2010 and 2011. Hawkins was named to the AVCA All-Midwest Region team in 2010. Following the 2011 season when she posted 532 kills (4.40 per set), she was named Memphis' Most Valuable Player. Her 4.40 kills per set average placed her 19th in the country. Hawkins has a career hitting percentage of .291, including a career-best .305 attack percentage in 2010. In 2010, she was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week twice. She was named to the COBRA Magazine Second Team All-National in 2009 before being named All-Southwest Region Performer in both 2010 and 2011. She has also won four tournament MVP awards. So far this season, Hawkins leads the Tigers with 209 kills (4.18 per set) and has an attack percentage of .216. Hawkins continues her ascent up the Memphis career kills list as she currently sit in fourth with 1,559 career kills. For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. The Tigers open the Conference USA season this weekend when the host Rice on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Houston on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Both matches will take place at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.