Raven Chavanne named 2013 senior CLASS award candidate

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - (WVLT/SUBMMITTED) -- Tennessee senior Raven Chavanne has been selected as one of 30 NCAA student-athletes to be named a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball.

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 2013 candidate class includes 15 candidates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Six were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American team, and seven were members of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America team.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City May 30 through June 5.

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Chavanne has been one of the top hitters and base runners in the nation since 2010. She is a three-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American, a two-time top 10 finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year and a three-time All-SEC selection. She was also a top 25 finalist for USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year as a freshman in 2010. Chavanne's career batting average of .444 and career on-base percentage of .506 currently rank first in UT's record books. She has stolen at least 32 bases in each of her three seasons and her career total of 108 is just 12 away from tying the school record. Chavanne led the SEC in batting average in 2011 (.455) and 2012 (.422). Her 2012 average of .422 ranked 21st in the nation. She has been a clutch performer in NCAA Tournament play over the last three years with a .403 batting average (31-of-77), nine RBIs, 15 runs, three doubles, one triple and nine stolen bases over 23 career NCAA games. She was the team's top hitter during UT's NCAA Tournament run to the 2010 WCWS, pacing the Lady Vols with a .433 batting average (13-of-30) and seven runs. As the team's third baseman, Chavanne has also helped bolster one of the top defenses in the nation, including a 2012 unit that led the country with a .982 fielding percentage.

Chavanne has been an outstanding student in the classroom. She has a 3.84 cumulative GPA and is majoring in in political science with a minor in information science. She is scheduled to graduate Summa Cum Laude in May 2013. Chavanne is a two-time Capital One First Team Academic All-American (2011 and 2012) and a three-time SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll selection (2010, 2011, 2012). She was a Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team pick in 2011 and a Capital one Academic All-District III First Team pick in 2012. Chavanne has made the Dean's List six times, including five semesters on the Summa Cum Laude Dean's List. She has also been a VolScholar Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA) selection every semester she has been at Tennessee. Chavanne won the Lady Vol Academic Achiever Recognition Award in 2011 and 2012.

Off the field, Chavanne has been a positive role model for aspiring softball players, engaging with fans and local children to match the incredible crowd support they give the Lady Vols every game. Chavanne has been very active in the community throughout her career. Much of her work in the community has been focused on serving children and the less fortunate. Chavanne's work with organizations such as Angels of Heaven and Teams & Toys, the free softball clinics she has volunteered at and her time packing and distributing Thanksgiving meal packages at the university's hospital have allowed her to interact with and directly serve the Knoxville community.

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