By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As accomplished as she is on the floor, Katie Mosher would like to be known as more than just a volleyball player.
Which is why she finds being a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award so appealing.
A senior libero on the third-ranked FSU volleyball team, Mosher is among 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award in her sport.
The award has been presented every year since 2001 to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in 10 NCAA Division I sports. The CLASS acronym stands for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.”
Former FSU outfielder James Ramsey won the award for baseball in 2012, and forward Natasha Howard was a finalist for women’s basketball last year.
Fan voting makes up one-third of the selection process. NCAA coaches and national media will determine the other two-thirds.
Fans can vote at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/volleyball_2014/
“It means a lot more to me to have the chance to get an award like this, because it’s based on so many more things than being an athlete,” Mosher said. “That’s really special to me.”
Mosher has had a record-setting career that has led to a record-setting season for the Seminoles.
A three-year captain from Fort Myers, Mosher recently became FSU’s all-time leader in digs and has helped the Seminoles to a 23-0 record as they enter the season’s home stretch.
On-court accomplishments make up part of the award’s criteria, but academic achievement and community services are given weight as well.
She received a Golden Torch Award, presented to the student-athlete with the best grade-point average from each team, for the 2013-14 school year. And she has twice earned the Golden Nole Award, which honors the contributions of FSU student athletes on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
Mosher has also volunteered for Relay For Life, the Kidz1stFund and has helped raise money for endowment scholarships.
“Just being able to have an impact on the community and still be able to succeed on the court and also in the classroom, I feel like that’s the role of a student-athlete and as a person,” Mosher said.
“I want to be able to be there for my team and be a good role model and also be a good person. That just means a lot to me.”