IRVING, Texas – Kaelin Grimes of WKU Lady Topper Volleyball has been named one of 14 recipients of the Conference USA Fall Spirit of Service Award as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Grimes is one of four volleyball players to be honored, tying cross country for the most honorees by sport.
The C-USA Spirit of Service award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service Award will be presented three times throughout the year, with the recently announced honorees representing Conference USA’s fall sports: football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.
During her time as a Lady Topper, the WKU Volleyball team has continued its historic success, earning regular season conference championships in each of Grimes’ four seasons, including a trio of trips to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, Grimes has been a member of three Conference USA Tournament Championship teams. In Grimes’ four years on the WKU Volleyball team, the squad has racked up an overall record of 119-19, including a 48-3 mark at home. Grimes has also never lost a home conference match in her time on The Hill. In her career, Grimes recorded nearly 900 digs (892) for the Lady Toppers, playing in every match during her career. With WKU’s NCAA first round match against Boise State, Grimes moved into a tie for the most NCAA Division I career matches played list among active players at 138.
Grimes is a member of the NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) and has earned the C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal during both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, sporting a 3.96 overall GPA and a perfect 4.0 GPA in her program specific courses. Entering her senior year, Grimes has earned WKU President’s List honors in all six semesters, and has received the WKU Volleyball Team Academic Award during her sophomore and junior seasons. Grimes, a former member of the National Honor Society, was also a Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll Award winner in 2014 and 2015. During her freshman campaign on The Hill, Grimes was named to the 2013-14 Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s All-Academic List.
Outside of the classroom and off of the court, Grimes continues to be involved in the community. The Louisville, Kentucky, native spends time as a member of the Outreach Committee at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the WKU campus. Grimes is also a member of the church’s Women’s Group and takes part in the Christian Care Program at a local Bowling Green nursing home. Grimes is also an active member in fundraising for the Hope 4 Harlie Foundation and Friends of Jaclyn Foundation through the Kela’s Crew program with WKU Volleyball. Through the WKU Athletics Department, Grimes is heavily involved with the Hilltoppers with Heart campaign, to which she has donated her time and efforts for the United Way Day of Caring, annual Stuff the Bus fundraiser and National Girls and Women in Sports Day, among many other outings.
2016 Fall C-USA Spirit of Service Honorees:
Martha Thomas, Charlotte, Women’s Soccer
Tia Clay, FIU, Volleyball
Greg Joseph, Florida Atlantic, Football
Brandon Lewis-Graham, Louisiana Tech, Men’s Cross County
Will Shaffer, Marshall, Men’s Cross Country
Jacqueline Lux, Middle Tennessee, Volleyball
Eric Keena, North Texas, Football
Tyler Compton, Old Dominion, Football
Shelby Livingstone, Rice, Volleyball
Daphney Stanford, Southern Miss, Women’s Cross Country
Erik Henze, UAB, Men’s Soccer
Cosmas Boit, UTEP, Men’s Cross Country
Megan Slan, UTSA, Volleyball
Kaelin Grimes, WKU, Volleyball
The 2016 WKU Volleyball season is being presented by the United States Marines. This season, the Marines and WKU Athletics are working together to promote the outstanding athletic and academic achievements of our female student-athletes. The Marines are proud to work with and support these future leaders of America.
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