Oct. 31, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Senior middle blocker Jennifer Cross (Scarborough, Ontario/Birchmount Park Collegiate)of the University of Michigan volleyball team has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award for collegiate volleyball, it was announced today (Thursday, Oct. 31).
The 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 Dec. 9. 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 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in December.
Cross, who now is Michigan's all-time career total blocks leader with 500, is averaging 2.94 kills and one block per set this season for the Maize and Blue. She eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark for her career on Sept. 21 and set the all-time blocks mark Oct. 11 vs. Nebraska. She is just one block assist away from garnering that career record. The Preseason All-Big Ten honoree has 16 double-digit kill performances and has led the team in blocks nine times in 2013. She put up a season high 18 kills in the five-set win over Ohio (Sept. 21) and tied a career high with nine blocks at Minnesota on Oct. 19.
Cross joins Michigan State's Lauren Wicinski and Penn State's Ariel Scott as finalists from the Big Ten. Also on the list were USC's Natalie Hagglund, Emily Hartong of Hawaii, Kansas' Caroline Jarmoc, Chloe Mann of Florida, Western Kentucky's Ashley Potts, Texas' Bailey Webster and Stanford's Carly Wopat.
Michigan hosts Penn State this Friday night (Nov. 1) at 8 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena. The match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423