HIGH POINT, N.C. – Grace Underwood has been selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Player of the Week during week number three of the 2012 season. The announcement was made by the conference office as part of the weekly athletics awards that also include men's and women's soccer.
The Pearland, Texas native was one of the key parts of the trio leading King to its recent three-match win streak. The freshman set a new career-high kill count with 14 at home against the defending champion, Lees-McRae, in a five-set win that snapped the Bobcats' 58-match conference win streak. In that match, Underwood also posted 2.5 blocks (1 solo, 3 assist) and committed only three errors for an incredible .500 attack percentage (14-of-22).
She continued her success with consecutive nights of 11 kills from the middle spot in back-to-back, five-set wins over USC Aiken (Sept. 14) and Limestone (Sept. 15). She had nearly identical nights, hitting 11-of-21 and committing a combined five errors over 10 sets. Over the three-match stretch, she accumulated 36 kills and just eight errors on 64 attempts, good for a .438 hit percentage. She never dropped below .375 in any of the three matches.
Underwood totaled two solo blocks and six block assists while contributing two service aces from the line. The Tornado is currently 6-5 overall, and 2-0 in conference play. The will resume play tonight against stateline rival Virginia Intermont as they celebrate 'Retro Night' inside Kline Gym. First service is set for 7 p.m. against the Cobras.