Frazier Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Sept. 20, 2012

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Senior Ashley Frazier is among 30 national finalists for the Senior CLASS award it was announced by the organization Thursday afternoon.

Frazier is one of 30 women's volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court and was selected for the honor. 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 candidate class 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 who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character and competition.

Frazier earned a 3.9 GPA with a Business Administration in Management and Marketing degree in May 2011. She has begun work on her MBA this fall. She is a four-time All-SEC Academic team member, a three-time athletic director's honor roll honoree, a CoSIDA Academic All-District first team selection in 2011, and a three-time Dean's List member.

Her career aspiration is to work in marketing for a professional sports team organization. She worked at IMG as an intern where she helped with sponsorship activation at men's basketball games. She also helped put together year-in-review portfolios for sponsorships, helped with administrative duties in the office, and was able to be a part of marketing plan meetings following the UK men's basketball national championship on ways to capitalize on that victory.

The Oregon, Ohio, native has worked a number of hours with various organizations since becoming a college athlete. She has helped out with animal shelters, nursing homes, children's hospitals, God's Pantry, homeless shelters and helped with an initiative that provided presents to underprivileged children during the Holiday Season.

Frazier is a mere 23 kills from topping 1,000 for her career and was a 2011 All-Region Tournament team, a two-time All-SEC team member and an SEC Player of the Week. She led UK with 3.22 kills per set as a junior and notched 10 or more kills in more than 25 matches. She was named the UK Invitational MVP in 2011 after charting 10 or more kills in all three UK wins. She turned in UK's first 20-kill performance of the season in an NCAA victory over Dayton as a junior and has already matched that total at No. 1 Nebraska this season. She played two years at Alabama before transferring to Kentucky, where as a sophomore she had 20 kills against South Carolina en route to earning SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors as well as the and Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week.

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