Hawkins Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award
Oct. 19, 2012
To vote for Hawkins, click here.MEMPHIS, Tenn. -University of Memphis outside hitter Altrese Hawkins has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Hawkins is the first volleyball player to be named a finalist for the award and third Memphis student-athlete to be named a finalist in the last two years. "It is an honor for Altrese to be named a finalist. This is a remarkable accomplishment already. I want to encourage everyone in Tiger Nation to get online and vote often," Coach April Jauregui said. Fans can vote for Hawkins once every day. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 26. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. 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 complete list of finalists follows this release. 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 Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, which will take place December 13 and 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. Hawkins leads the Tigers with 328 kills this season, and her 3.77 kills per set average ranks fifth in Conference USA. She currently ranks second in school history with 1,678 career kills. This season, Hawkins also ranks second on the team with 229 digs and has recorded 13 double-doubles. 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. For more information on the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. The Tigers continue C-USA play this weekend when the play at East Carolina on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. (CT) and Marshall at 12:00 p.m. (CT) on Sunday.