University of Kentucky senior volleyball player Ashley Frazier is among 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS award.
She is the first UK player in program history to earn recognition as one of the 10 finalists for the esteemed award.
Frazier, an Oregon native who went to Central Catholic, became the 15th player in UK history to amass 1,000 career kills on Sept. 23. She currently leads the Wildcats in kills for the season and charted a career-high 20 at No. 1 Nebraska earlier this season.
She was a 2011 All-Region Tournament team selection, a two-time All-SEC team member and an SEC Player of the Week. She played two years at Alabama before transferring to Kentucky, where as a sophomore she had 20 kills against South Carolina en route to earning SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors as well as the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week.
Kentucky stands at 13-8 overall and 7-4 in SEC action. UK has been paced offensively by a quintet of players who have topped the 100-kill plateau for the season, including Frazier, who has launched 214 kills (2.89 per set).
In being nominated for the award, Frazier has worked a number of hours with various organizations since becoming a college athlete. She has helped out with animal shelters, nursing homes, children's hospitals, God's Pantry, homeless shelters and helped with an initiative that provided presents to underprivileged children during the Holiday Season.
Frazier earned a 3.9 GPA with a Business Administration in Management and Marketing degree in May 2011. She has begun work on her MBA this fall. She is a four-time All-SEC Academic team member, a three-time athletic director's honor roll honoree, a CoSIDA Academic All-District first team selection in 2011, and a three-time Dean's List member.
Her career aspiration is to work in marketing for a professional sports team organization. She worked at IMG as an intern where she helped with sponsorship activation at men's basketball games. She also helped put together year-in-review portfolios for sponsorships, helped with administrative duties in the office, and was able to be a part of marketing plan meetings following the UK men's basketball national championship on ways to capitalize on that victory.
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.
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 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 (seniorCLASSaward.com) through Nov. 26. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, which will take place Dec.13 and 15 in Louisville, Ky. You can vote for her by visiting www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/DI_volleyball_2012.
At Central, Frazier played for a 2007 Ohio state championship team while she was chosen District 7 Player of the Year. She played club volleyball for Toledo Volleyball Club and participated in the Junior Olympic National Championships in five of the last six years.