TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State redshirt senior Alex Powers not only is a dominant player on the field, she is also an impressive student-athlete off of it as she was named one of 30 candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball, as announced today by Premier Sports Management.
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.
“Alex is a very hard working student-athlete,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “After she tore her first ACL, she showed such strength in wanting to take advantage of every opportunity she could. And then after her second ACL tear, she showed us all her character to continue to push through to be the best she could be. What a great honor for her to be recognized and we all are so lucky to be inspired daily by her desire to embrace all that means to be a driven student-athlete.”
Powers has been very involved in the community throughout her time at Florida State. As an active member of the FSU Softball TRIBE, she has helped with numerous community service projects, including events such as volunteering at the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Cancer Center, reading to elementary students and cleaning up trash as FSU softball has partnered with the City of Tallahassee’s Adopt-A-Street program.
Powers earned the Golden Nole Award in 2016, as softball’s best representative of community service at the FSU athletic department’s annual banquet. Powers, along with the softball team as a whole, earned the FSU Athletic Director’s Cup for Service in 2014 and 2015, given to the team with the most community service hours per player.
Powers graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in the Spring of 2016 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Sport Management at Florida State. She earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team in 2015, and was also selected as a 2015 NFCA Scholar-Athlete. The Melbourne, Fla., native received Florida State University Dean’s List honors in the Fall of 2014, Spring of 2015 and Fall of 2015, while earning a perfect 4.0 GPA and securing a place on the FSU President’s List in the Spring of 2015.
A significant portion of Powers’ character is due to her perseverance. Sidelined due to an ACL tear in her right knee as a true freshman in the fall of 2012, she battled back to the field only to end up tearing the ACL in her left knee in the fall of 2013. Working through those two significant injuries to become the amazing player she is today, she has inspired countless people to never give up and to continue to pursue their dreams.
Powers has diligently worked her way into becoming one of the best offensive players in FSU history. A career .335 hitter, Powers had a breakout season at the plate in 2016 and posted a .396 batting average with 16 doubles, 16 home runs, 63 RBI, 17 stolen bases and 62 runs scored. She earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 2016 and was also named a second team All-American by the NFCA.
Leading the Seminoles to the Women’s College World Series for the second time in three seasons, Powers batted 8-for-14 with two doubles, two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored in Oklahoma City as she was named to the 2016 WCWS All-Tournament Team. She currently sits in the Top 10 in FSU history in home runs (25 – 7th), walks (97 – 8th) and RBI (120 – 9th) with one year remaining in the Garnet and Gold.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the 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 2017 Women’s College World Series. Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop earned the national award in 2015.
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2017 Softball Senior CLASS Candidates
Ali Aguilar, Washington
Maryssa Becker, Louisville
Dylan Christensen, DePaul
Christina Clermont, Long Beach
Kasey Cooper, Auburn
Savannah Jo Dorsey, Ohio
Hannah Flippen, Utah
Taylor Glover, CSUN
Delanie Gourley, Florida
Sara Groenewegen, Minnesota
Kylee Hanson, Florida Atlantic
Shaye Harre, Southern Illinois
MJ Knighten, Nebraska
Vicky Lattanzio, Lehigh
Brittany Lewis, Stephen F. Austin
Sydney Littlejohn, Alabama
Sam Macken, Minnesota
Elizabeth McCarthy, Longwood
Lauren Moore, UNCW
Madyson Moran, James Madison
Taylor Nowlin, Grand Canyon
Jayne Oberforf, Marist
Chandra Parr, Evansville
Daphne Pofek, CSUN
Alex Powers, Florida State
Delaney Spaulding, UCLA
Kristen Turner, Iona
Brittney Vansway, Utah Valley
Camree Wartman, Grand Canyon
Morgan Zerkle, Marshall