BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in school history, a King University student-athlete has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team. Following a stellar senior campaign, King women's volleyball player Kelsey Griffitts earned the distinction when the awards were released on Wednesday.
The first team All-Conference Carolinas honoree has carried a 3.97 GPA throughout her four year career at King 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 becomes the third Tornado to be named a Capital One Academic All-American, but the first to garner first team honors. Women's track & field and cross country runner Hannah Witt was named to the third team a season ago while baseball player Bryant Walker earned a second team selection in 2012.
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.