Meghan Niemann is a Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Oct. 13, 2016

OVERLAND Park, Kansas – Marquette University women’s volleyball redshirt senior Meghan Niemann has been selected as a 2016 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, honoring NCAA Division I volleyball, it was announced on Thursday.

Niemann becomes Marquette’s third candidate in program history, joining Danielle Carlson (2012) and Elizabeth Koberstein (2013). The Jackson, Wisconsin native is enrolled in graduate school and currently holds a 4.0 grade point average working towards her master’s in educational policy and foundations with an emphasis in curriculum after graduating from Marquette in May 2016. As an undergraduate, Niemann finished with a 3.79 GPA with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics.

The middle blocker recently became Marquette’s all-time block assists leader breaking a record that had stood since 1997, and set a single-season record with 150 blocks in 2014. She is a three-time All-BIG EAST first team selection and was an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American in 2013. Niemann earned Marquette’s Institutional BIG EAST Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2015, and was the 2015-16 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winner for volleyball.

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.

Of the 30 candidates, 27 have grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher, including 14 who maintain above a 3.5. Fifteen are returning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, and nine are members of teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates also have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.



The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in 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. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.

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