King’s Kaitlyn Musick named NCCAA Susan R. Hellings Award recipient

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The National Christian College Athletic Association has named King College's senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Musick the recipient of the 2010 NCCAA Susan R. Hellings Award.

Musick, a major player for King for the past four years, has led her team to back to back appearances in the NCCAA National Volleyball Championships in 2009 and 2010 and exemplifies the ideals of the NCCAA.

The Weber City, Va., native has been a team leader in the classroom, off the court in the community, as well as on the court. Musick has been named an NCCAA Academic All-American for her junior and senior years. She has served in an orphanage in Brazil and also shared her faith in Nicaragua using volleyball as a platform. Her team has chosen her as captain for the past two years.

On the court this year, she averaged 2.56 kills and was second among NCCAA players in attack percentage at .380. She was selected to the 2010 NCCAA All-Mideast Region first team, was a second-team NCCAA All-American as well. Musick was honored with the King College Lady Tornado Award for 2009 and 2010.

"Kaitlyn Musick is one in a million! She is a young lady who stands boldly for Christ and is unashamed of her faith," said King head coach Chris Toomey. "It is evident in every aspect of her life!"

When describing Musick, Toomey used words such as servant leader, humble, selfless, loving, caring, merciful and generous.

"She is loved and respected by every single one of her teammates and leads with strong character and undeniable integrity," Toomey added.

The Lady Tornado team ended the season with a 32-11 record King's 32 wins gave the team the third 30-plus win season since 2006.

"Kaitlyn has left a defining imprint on the lives of everyone she has encountered,  whether that be her teammates, coaches, professors, family, friends, children at an orphanage in Brazil, volleyball players in Nicaragua, etc.," Toomey continued. "Kaitlyn is the player you dream to coach---amazing work ethic, coachable attitude, incredible athlete, spiritual leader and total team player!"

The Susan R. Hellings award is given annually to honor the outstanding woman's volleyball player that best exemplifies the mission of the NCCAA.  The recipient must be a junior or senior that combines athletics, academics, leadership, and have a clear Christian testimony.  The NCCAA is proud to honor Kaitlyn Musick with the 2010 NCCAA Susan R. Hellings Award.

The NCCAA, a not-for-profit association headquartered in Greenville, S.C., is America's only Christian intercollegiate athletic association, serving 100 member colleges and universities across the United States and Canada and sponsoring 23 national championships and invitationals in men's and women's sports. NCCAA also sponsors mission endeavors throughout the world sharing the witness of Jesus Christ through athletics.  For more information on how to become involved in the NCCAA, please call 864-250-1199 or visit www.thenccaa.org.

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