Danielson among nations best

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-Rainbow Wahine outside hitter Kanani Danielson has been selected as a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the honor, 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.

Danielson is one of 30 candidates for the award which will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with those 10 names placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches, and fans who will select one finalist.

Danielson enters her final season with the Rainbow Wahine. She is a three-time AVCA all-American and earned her second consecutive WAC Player of the Year honor last season. She ranked in the Top 10 nationally in kills (4.59 k/s) and became the 17th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career kills. She was also named to the AVCA all-region team.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's 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.

Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, which will be played December 15 and 17 in San Antonio.

Hawai'i opens the season Friday, August 26, hosting the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. They play San Francisco at 7:00 p.m.

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