Wopat named a finalist for Senior CLASS award


Stanford senior middle blocker Carly Wopat, who leads the women's volleyball team with 2.95 kills per set and hitting percentage at .466, was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award on Thursday.

Dwight Powell and Chiney Ogwumike were named semifinalists for the award on Wednesday.

A two-time All-American, Wopat leads the Pac-12 in .466 hitting percentage. She also ranks second in the conference with 1.38 blocks per set and ninth with 3.95 points per set.

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 10 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 9. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, which will take place December 19 and 21 in Seattle.

Powell, a first team all-Pac-12 men's basketball selection a year ago, was named a semifinalist for the award, joining 29 others on the list.

In addition to being tabbed the Pac-12's Most Improved Player, he was also named an NABC Second Team All-District selection.

One of two Pac-12 players ranked among the league's top-12 in both scoring and rebounding, Powell averaged a team-best 14.9 points while ranking second on the squad with 8.4 rebounds per game.

In addition to notching 10 double-doubles, he produced nine 20-point games and reached double figures 27 times.

Ogwumike will have the chance to become the third Stanford player to earn the honor. Prior Cardinal winners were Candice Wiggins (2008) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2012), while Jayne Appel (2010) and Kayla Pedersen have both been finalists (2012) for the honor.

She was a consensus All-American and national player of the year candidate last season, also being named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Ogwumike became the first Pac-12 player to not only win both major individual honors but also the first to capture the Pac-12 Triple Crown, leading the conference in scoring (22.4 ppg), rebounding (12.9 rpg) and field-goal percentage (58.6).

The basketball awards will be presented at the NCAA Final Four.

Men's basketball

Sunnyslope High (Arizona) grad Michael Humphrey gave his verbal commitment to attend Stanford and play for Johnny Dawkin's basketball team.

Humphrey (6-9, 205) ranks among the top 75 recruits in the country and joins Robert Cartwright (6-3, 165) from Flintridge Prep in La Canada, as members of the recruiting class of 2014.

— Stanford Athletics


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