Aug. 25, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma senior Suzy Boulavsky (Houston, Texas) has been selected as one of 30 finalists for the 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced today. 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.
Boulavsky was named to the 2010 AVCA All-Central Region honorable mention team and was a first team All-Big 12 honoree. Boulavsky earned Academic All-America third team honors and was honored on the Academic All-District first team. As a junior, she led the team with 3.45 kills per set, totaling a 25-point rally scoring record-best 445 on the year. She hit .273 on the year, playing from the right side (as a left-hander). Boulavsky averaged 2.36 kills per set during the NCAA Championship.
Boulavsky volunteers her time not only in Norman but in her hometown of Houston, Texas. She worked on a home featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In her hometown of Houston, she has worked with the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and volunteers her time as an animal servicer.
She’s a member of the University of Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers with the organization by speaking at area high schools. She has also volunteered at KinderCare and Camp Crimson, OU’s orientation for new students. Boulavsky has also helped out with the Big Event, a campus-wide community service project and participated as an instructor at free volleyball clinics for area youth.
The 2011 candidate class includes nine American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans and eight honorable mention All-Americans from last season. More than half of the 30 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Boulavsky was one of two candidates recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2010 Academic All-Americans. Ten of the candidates play for teams ranked in the AVCA preseason top 25 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.