OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Miami University senior midfielder Katy Dolesh was selected one of just 30 Division I women’s soccer candidates for the prestigious 2013 Senior CLASS Award, Premier Sports Management announced Wednesday. The award is given annually to one senior student-athlete in several NCAA-sponsored sports and recognizes someone who has had notable achievements on and off the field 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.

Dolesh is the only women’s soccer candidate among the 30 from the Mid-American Conference.

Dolesh (Chardon, Ohio), who will serve as Miami’s captain 2013, is one of the best RedHawks to ever step foot in Oxford. In three seasons at Miami, she has scored 24 goals, dished out 14 assists and totaled 62 points in 60 matches, starting 52. She had her best year as a junior last year, tallying nine goals and eight assists for 26 points. She started all 24 matches in 2012 while helping Miami win the MAC Regular-Season and Tournament Championships and leading them to a NCAA Tournament win over Tennessee, as she scored the first goal for Miami.

Dolesh is a three-time All-MAC selection, being named to the First Team each of the last two seasons. She was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2010 and was tabbed Second-Team All-Great Lakes Region this past year as a junior. She has twice been named to the All-Ohio Team by the OCSA and was a two-time MAC Player of the Week as a sophomore.

In the classroom Dolesh has been just as strong, as the health studies major carries a 3.46 GPA. She is also minoring in 2-D media studies and has twice earned Dean's List during her career. She is on schedule to earn her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology & Health in May and plans to attend graduate school for art therapy following her soccer career. Dolesh is a two-time Academic All-Ohio selection from the OCSA, while she has also earned Academic All-MAC and Academic All-District accolades once each during her career.

Dolesh has been involved with multiple outreach programs, along with her teammates, while at Miami. She helped plan a picnic for local hospital cancer patients and survivors of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, held in conjunction with a home soccer match next to the field. She also helped gather toys around Christmas time to be given to the local family resource center and distributed to under-privileged children.

The field of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, with those 10 names being 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. The winner will then be announced during the NCAA Women’s College Cup in December.

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

Women’s Soccer Candidates
Brittany Anghel, Syracuse
Danielle Birdsall, Northern Colorado
Aubrey Bledsoe, Wake Forest
Allison Brees, Northern Iowa
Amber Davis, Western Illinois
Nikola Deiter, Central Connecticut State
Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois
Alyssa Diggs, Missouri
Katy Dolesh, Miami
Jonelle Filigno, Rutgers
Mariana Garcia, The Citadel
Kristen Hamilton, Denver
Maya Hayes, Penn State
Holly Hein, Michigan
Becca Hemby, High Point
Elizabeth Hoerner, Navy
Kassey Kallman, Florida State
Ally Lee, Jacksonville
Juliana Libertin, Dayton
Kat Ludlow, Baylor
Chloe McDaniel, Cal State Northridge
Kealia Ohai, North Carolina
Emily Oliver, Stanford
Frances Silva, West Virginia
Katie Stengel, Wake Forest
Anna Stinson, Illinois State
Chrissy Tchoula, Western Kentucky
Renee Washington, La Salle
Kylie Wassell, Nevada-Las Vegas
Laura Weinberg, Duke