April 3, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Tennessee senior Raven Chavanne has been selected as one of 10 NCAA softball student-athletes who are finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in softball.
The other finalists include Kayla Braud (Alabama), Kelly Coker (Rhode Island), Rachele Fico (LSU), Jolene Henderson (California), Kelsey Horton (Florida), Courtney Liddle (Virginia Tech), Jenna Rich (Stanford), Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma) and Jessica Shults (Oklahoma)
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 February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 13. 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 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City from May 30 through June 5.
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. The voting link is available at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/DI_softball_2013/.
Chavanne has been one of the top hitters and base runners in the nation since 2010. She is a three-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American, a two-time top 10 finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and a three-time All-SEC selection. She was also a top 25 finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year as a freshman in 2010. Chavanne's career batting average of .444, 127 stolen bases and career on-base percentage of .510 currently rank first in UT's record books. Chavanne led the SEC in batting average in 2011 (.455) and 2012 (.422). Her 2012 average of .422 ranked 21st in the nation. She has been a clutch performer in NCAA Tournament play over the last three years with a .403 batting average (31-of-77), nine RBIs, 15 runs, three doubles, one triple and nine stolen bases over 23 career NCAA games. She was the team's top hitter during UT's NCAA Tournament run to the 2010 WCWS, pacing the Lady Vols with a .433 batting average (13-of-30) and seven runs. As the team's third baseman, Chavanne has also helped bolster one of the top defenses in the nation, including a 2012 unit that led the country with a .982 fielding percentage.
This season, Chavanne leads the team with a .443 batting average, 51 hits and 25 stolen bases. She was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week for March 18-24, making her just the third Lady Vol to earn the honors twice in a career. She was also named SEC Player of the Week for the sixth time in her UT career on March 25.
Chavanne has been an outstanding student in the classroom. She has a 3.84 cumulative GPA and is majoring in in political science with a minor in information science. She is scheduled to graduate Summa Cum Laude in May 2013. Chavanne is a two-time Capital One First Team Academic All-American (2011 and 2012) and a three-time SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll selection (2010, 2011, 2012). She was a Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team pick in 2011 and a Capital one Academic All-District III First Team pick in 2012. Chavanne has made the Dean's List six times, including five semesters on the Summa Cum Laude Dean's List. She has also been a VolScholar Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA) selection every semester she has been at Tennessee. Chavanne won the Lady Vol Academic Achiever Recognition Award in 2011 and 2012.
Off the field, Chavanne has been a positive role model for aspiring softball players, engaging with fans and local children to match the incredible crowd support they give the Lady Vols every game. Chavanne has been very active in the community throughout her career. Much of her work in the community has been focused on serving children and the less fortunate. Chavanne's work with organizations such as Angels of Heaven and Teams & Toys, the free softball clinics she has volunteered at and her time packing and distributing Thanksgiving meal packages at the university's hospital have allowed her to interact with and directly serve the Knoxville community.
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management owns and manages the award.