Weeks ago Paige and Hannah were listed as candidates for the award, and today the selection committee for the Senior CLASS Award named them as two of the 10 finalists.
The award is given annually to a senior that demonstrates excellence in the classroom, community, character, and competition. The CLASS acronym stands for: Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.
A 2015 First Team American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American and unanimous 2015 All-Big Ten Selection, Hannah Tapp has played in 77 sets for the Gophers this season and ranks third in kills (225). The middle blocker averages 2.92 kills per set and 1.10 blocks per set. A marketing major through the Carlson School of Management, Hannah holds a 3.448 cumulative grade point average and is set to graduate this fall. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Hannah is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Along with her academic and athletic success, Hannah has volunteered over 40 hours of community service through the Gophers’ M.A.G.I.C. program (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community).
Paige Tapp is a two-time AVCA All-American, an honor she received in both 2014 and 2015. She is also the first Gopher Academic All-American in over a decade. The middle blocker was also an All-Big Ten selection as a junior. A two-time Preseason All-Big Ten honoree, Paige currently ranks fourth on the team with 149 kills, averaging 1.89 per set in 79 sets played. She also ranks second with 1.22 blocks per set. A marketing major in Carlson School of Management, Paige holds a 3.833 cumulative GPA and is set to graduate this fall. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Paige also received the team’s Gold Country Award, which goes to the student-athlete with the top GPA of the competition semester (4.0). Paige has over 16 hours of community service with the M.A.G.I.C. program.
Both Hannah and Paige are very deserving of this honor and great representatives of University of Minnesota. They are among the nation’s best volleyball players meanwhile excelling in the classroom and giving back to the community.
You can vote for the duo here. You won’t have to decide who you like better as you are able to vote for three finalists. Fan voting counts for 1⁄3 of the total decision. Media and coaches make up the other 2⁄3 . Unsurprisingly, Nebraska’s Kadie Rolfzen is in the lead with 68% of the votes; Rolfzen is the only other finalist from the B1G. The winner will be announced during the National Championship in December.