TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Redshirt senior Alex Powers has been named as a finalist for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award as announced by Premier Sports Management on April 13. Fans are able to vote for Powers daily at www.seniorclassaward.com until May 9. Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop earned the national award in 2015.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors 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 athletic platforms to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
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 and 2017, 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
A native of Melbourne, Fla., Powers has already earned her 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.
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 .350 hitter, Powers had a breakout season at the plate in 2016 and posted a .396 batting average with 16 doubles, 16 home runs and 63 RBI. She earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 2016 and was also named a second team All-American by the NFCA.
So far in 2017, Powers is batting .398 with 14 doubles, six home runs, 35 RBI and 43 runs scored. She currently sits in the Top 10 in FSU history in doubles (46 – second), home runs (31 – fourth), walks (119 – fourth) and RBI (155 – fifth) in her final year wearing the Garnet and Gold.
Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through May 9. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners.
The Senior CLASS Award recipient for softball will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Women’s College World Series® in Oklahoma City, June 1-7.
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2017 Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Ali Aguilar, Washington
Kasey Cooper, Auburn
Hannah Flippen, Utah
Delanie Gourley, Florida
Sara Groenewegen, Minnesota
Kylee Hanson, Florida Atlantic
MJ Knighten, Nebraska
Alex Powers, Florida State
Delaney Spaulding, UCLA
Morgan Zerkle, Marshall