OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – North Texas volleyball's Karley York
was named one of 30 candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award, as announced by Premier Sports Management on Monday.
York is the first Mean Green student-athlete to earn the honor since 2008, when softball's Katya Muller was named one of 30 candidates for the award, and she joins Western Kentucky's Rachel Anderson as the two representatives for Conference USA.
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.
"I'm so lucky to have the best family, friends, teammates and coaching staff who push me to be my best every day on and off the court," York said. "Pali always says that our time as a student-athlete is not only to prepare us for volleyball, but for life after as well. I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to come to North Texas and leave a mark in any way possible."
A three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, York has twice-received a C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for having a GPA of 3.75 or better and graduated magna cum laude in 2018 with a 3.87 GPA in integrative studies. The 2017 C-USA All-Academic Team selection is currently pursuing two masters' certificates in event management and hospitality management.
A 2018 Preseason All-C-USA selection, York currently ranks among the top-20 in Division I in total assists (653). She is coming off a 2017 season in which she finished fourth in the nation in total assists (1,441) and sixth in assists per set (11.80), earning first-team All-Southwest Region and All-C-USA honors. With 3,134 career assists, York is 123 assists from passing Daniella Grimaldo for fifth-most in school history.
A two-time team captain for the Mean Green, York has been a vocal leader on and off the court as one of just two returning upperclassmen on the 2018 roster. With two newcomers at the setter position and a starting job to pass off at the end of the season, she has led by example and been a insightful teacher to the new faces as they learn the system.
York has been involved with a number of service projects in the Denton area, including an entire semester assisting at the Carriage House, where she spent a couple hours a week doing crafts, bonding with residents and even teaching a modified balloon volleyball game. York also volunteered at W.S. Ryan Elementary School, where she helped out with their after-school program.
"She has represented our volleyball program and university with the utmost character and integrity," head coach Andrew Palileo
said. "She has been a big part of our community service outreach, a highly successful student and led her team to a conference championship. She has been a great captain and mentor for our younger players. Karley is a success story for our university's mission in building champions and preparing leaders."
Of the 30 candidates, 18 have grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher and 27 have received academic all-conference honors. Fifteen are returning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, and 10 are members of teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular 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 to be announced during the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship in December.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com
2018 Volleyball Senior CLASS Award Candidates
|Kamalani Akeo, Pittsburgh
||Courtney Pence, Illinois State
|Tami Alade, Stanford
||Jordan Poulter, Illinois
|Rachel Anderson, Western Kentucky
||Colleen Reilly, Wofford
|Ali Bastianelli, Illinois
||Michela Rucli, Hofstra
|Lauren Bruns, Dayton
||Jess Schaben, Iowa State
|Santita Ebangwese, Syracuse
||Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota
|Gabrielle Eyl, Northeastern
||Carly Skjodt, Michigan
|Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska
||Alexa Smith, Colorado
|Cara Guthrie, UNC Asheville
||Kirstyn Sperry, Bryant
|Erica Haslag, Bradley
||Haley Templeton, Miami
|Taryn Kloth, Creighton
||Abby Thelen, Seton Hall
|Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky
||Jaila Tolbert, Virginia Tech
|AJ Lux, East Tennessee State
||Erica Treiber, Tennessee
|Patricia Mattingly, Navy
||Jaali Winters, Creighton
|Alyssa Munlyn, Missouri
||Karley York, North Texas