OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (August 28, 2013) – Lipscomb University’s Caitlin “Dot” Dotson is one of 30 NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court selected today as a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball.
“It is hard to believe that Dot is in her final year with the Lipscomb volleyball program,” coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “She has been so instrumental in so many ways, from her play on the court, to the outstanding work that she does in the classroom.
“Dot is a student. Dot is an athlete. Dot is a leader. Most importantly Dot is a friend, one that all the girls count on from time-to-time. Dot always has time for her teammates and friends. Her work ethic is outstanding. One of her best qualities is her follow through. After discussing an idea with Dot there is no wondering if it will get done because she is already heading down that road.”
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.
“Dot is one of those special student-athletes that a coach dreams about,” Rosenthal said. “I am a better coach for having been around Dot, having been around her spirit, her competitive fire and, most of all, her smile.”
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.
Of the 30 candidates, 10 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher and 19 are American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans. Dotson is one of the 10 with 3.79 GPA with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. She plans to be a physician’s assistant.
She earned Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Honors in 2011, 2012, 2013. Dotson has been named an Atlantic Sun Conference Scholar, for completing 48 hours with a GPA higher than 3.4, in both 2012 and 2013. She is also the 2012 A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
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 who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.