Northern Illinois University volleyball’s Mackenzie Roddy was named a candidate Tuesday for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.
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. Roddy is one of 30 candidates for the national award and one of only two from the Mid-American Conference.
“It’s awesome,” said NIU head coach Ray Gooden. “The honor is a reflection of her career on the court, in the classroom and in the community. It’s just great for her to be considered and for our program to be considered.”
A native of San Bernardino, Calif., Roddy has played in 105 matches and 378 sets in her career with the Huskies. She has accumulated 1,121 kills in her career, making her the 21st player in NIU history to eclipse the 1,000-kill mark and 23rd in the NCAA’s active career leaders. In NIU’s career record books, Roddy is eighth in attack attempts (3,409), 15th in kills/set (2.97) and 18th in points/set (3.42).
So far this season, she ranks second in the MAC with 4.00 kills/set. Among her top performances so far include 29 kills against Colorado, along with 15 kills and a .483 attack percentage against Tennessee. Roddy was named the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week and the MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 1 and Sept. 3, respectively.
“It’s a huge honor,” Roddy said. “It wasn’t really on my radar, but it’s great to be recognized as a candidate for this award.
“Volleyball is a good priority for us all, but in the classroom and outside of volleyball is where you’ll be successful in life. What you do in the classroom is where you will end up in life and what skills you might need. There’s that and being in the community, expanding yourself.”
In the classroom, Roddy maintains a 3.938 GPA as a business management major. In addition, she earned a spot on the Academic All-MAC Team following her sophomore and junior seasons. She has also been an NIU Victory Scholar each of her three season by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Off campus, Roddy has accumulated 30 community service hours during her career at NIU. In addition, she also volunteered this past summer at the FIVB World League matches in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.