NCCAA weekly honor for King's Kitts

GREENVILLE, S.C. - King College's Abbey Kitts saved her way to the NCCAA Division I Women's Soccer Student-Athlete of the Week award, the national office released.

Kitts, a junior goalkeeper from Tazewell, Va., posted back-to-back shutouts at the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament over the weekend which helped send the King to the NCCAA National Tournament with the NCCAA Mid-East region crown.

She stopped 13 shots in the two matches. She saw 209 minutes and 59 seconds in goal as King won the region championship match with 1.6 seconds left against Campbellsville (Ky.) University. Against Covenant (Ga.) College she stopped five shots in the shutout to reach the championship match.

Her goals-against-average dropped from 2.83 going into the region tournament down to 2.44 after the shutouts as King posted back to back shutouts for the first time since the 2009 season as the team will take a three match winning streak into the NCCAA National Tournament, the longest winning streak of the season.

King, at 7-12 on the season, will play top-seed Spring Arbor (Mich.) University on Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. in Kissimmee, Fla.

Kitts' award is the first time a Lady Tornado player had won the NCCAA weekly honor this season.