WVU's Abam One of Ten Senior CLASS Finalists

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    Forward Michaela Abam of the No. 7-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team is one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award.

    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.

    A Houston native, Abam is the fifth Mountaineer in four years to be named a finalist.

    One of two team captains, Abam has helped the Mountaineers claim five Big 12 Conference titles since 2014, as well as make three straight NCAA Championship appearances, including a spot in the NCAA College Cup Final in 2016.

    Named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List earlier this season, the Houston native earned her first career All-America honor as a junior, landing on the NSCAA second team. She is a two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree and the reigning Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Year.

    Abam has started 70 of 86 career matches and ranks No. 1 among active NCAA Division I women’s players in career matches played in. She also ranks No. 5 in WVU program history with 36 career goals and No. 6 with 88 career points.

    This season, she paces the Mountaineer offense with 11 points (4 G, 3 A). Three of her scores have been game-winners, the third-best mark in the Big 12 and No. 50 nationally.

    An athletic coaching education major, Abam was named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Team. She also was named to the Dean’s List, the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.

    Throughout her four years at WVU, Abam has made visits to the WVU Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House with her teammates. Additionally, she has assisted in the program’s efforts to raise money for breast cancer research, and she spent the summer of 2017 volunteering with Mountaineer United Soccer Club.

    The finalists were chosen by a selection committee from the list of 30 candidates, and a nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website (www.seniorclassaward.com) through Nov. 20. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

    The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships in December.

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