Aug 28, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State volleyball senior middle blocker Ashley Neff has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS award, announced on Wednesday.
“Ashley is a player that made huge strides during her first year and has been a great role model for our program,” head coach Chris Poole said. “She is one who gives her very best effort in everything she does and has worked very hard for this program both on and off the court. This is great recognition for her and well-deserved.”
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 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Neff, who hails from Kennesaw, Ga., is a social science major who is also active with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. She is coming off a junior season where she earned Third Team AVCA All-America honors, her second straight year of attaining All-America status.
Over the last two seasons, Neff has molded herself into one of the nation’s most feared middle blockers. She averaged 1.61 blocks per set as a junior to finish seventh nationally, and as a sophomore she guided the Seminoles to their first-ever NCAA National Semifinal appearance by totaling a nation-best 197 total blocks.
Florida State’s lone four-year senior also highlighted her junior campaign by becoming the school’s second-ever ACC Player of the Year.
Neff has been a part of several community service initiatives over her nearly four years at Florida State. She has worked several camps and clinics to benefit aspiring volleyball players, participated in Relay For Life events, read to children at various elementary schools and has attended several “Let Us Play” functions aimed at benefiting and fundraising women’s athletics at Florida State. Neff and her teammates have participated in a host of charitable events in their time as Seminoles and have impacted several lives along the way.
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