December 18, 2013

Griffitts named Conference Carolinas Fall Scholar Athlete

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University women's volleyball player Kelsey Griffitts continues to win awards after her stellar senior campaign. Most recently, Griffitts was named Conference Carolinas Fall Scholar Athlete for women's volleyball.

A week ago Griffitts became the first King student-athlete to earn first team Capital One Academic All-America status with her cumulative GPA of 3.97. She also finished the season ranked second in NCAA Division II with an attack percentage of .397.

The first team All-Conference Carolinas honoree carried her 3.97 GPA while majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Following graduation, Griffitts intends to volunteer as an Emergency Medical Technician with the goal of continuing her education to become a Physician's Assistant.

In her career at King, Griffitts was a four-time President's List honoree after completing four semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She also was named to the Dean's List after three additional semesters in which her GPA exceeded 3.5. She has earned Outstanding Achievement awards for the highest female GPA in general chemistry, general biology, organic chemistry, and general physics

Not only was the Bristol, Va., native successful in the classroom, but she also turned in a stellar senior season on the court. In matches through December 8, Griffitts ranked second in all of NCAA Division II with an attack percentage of .397, which also led the Tornado and Conference Carolinas. She also led the Tornado and ranked eighth in Conference Carolinas with 71 total blocks and fourth with 24 solo stuffs. Her 270 kills ranked second on the team behind Summer Kremer's 399 kills.

Griffitts was the third Tornado to be named a Capital One Academic All-American, but the first to garner first team honors. The senior helped lead King to a 32-5 overall record, including a 17-1 mark in league play that lead to King's first Conference Carolinas title, and first conference title since becoming NCAA members.

Each school submits candidates that are the best of the best for the conference from their sport while meeting certain qualifications for nomination. The qualifications include being a junior or senior student-athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athletes cumulative average through the previous semester and each student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one academic year. Additionally, in order to qualify for the award the student-athlete must be a current member of the All-Conference Carolinas First, Second, or Third Team that were recently selected by head coaches from conference member institutions that nominate and then vote upon award winners.