Haleigh Washington Wins Senior CLASS Award

Penn State middle blocker Haleigh Washington took home the Senior CLASS Award Wednesday ahead of the team’s Final Four appearance in Kansas City.

Washington is the second Penn State women’s volleyball player to win the award, which recognizes the sport’s most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I, following in the footsteps of Ariel Scott (2013).

Washington, a Colorado Springs, Colo., native, and classmate Simone Lee were both named Senior CLASS Award All-Americans — the first time Russ Rose’s program has had two honorees in the same season. Penn State athletics now counts five winners of the award across disciplines.

“First of all, it is an honor to be recognized in this way, and I’m so glad that I can represent Penn State in such a positive light,” Washington said in a release. “I think Penn State has made me a complete person. It has cultivated more than just the academic side and the athletic side; it’s helped me grow as a human being.”

Washington also earned first-team AVCA All-American honors for the third year in a row Wednesday. Her leadership has been instrumental in Penn State’s run to its 13th Final Four, where the Nittany Lions will face Nebraska Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Sprint Center.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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