Coastal Carolina University
- Outside Hitter
Chelsy Kimes earned Dean’s List honors five times and was on the President’s List once. The biology major was awarded an out of state admissions scholarship based on her high ACT scoring and high GPA maintenance. She has a 3.84 cumulative GPA and serves as an academic tutor to other Coastal students in upper-level science courses.
Kimes has been a leader on the team throughout her time at Coastal. She has had her share of injuries, suffering three third-degree ankle sprains in two years and partially tearing her labrum in her shoulder her sophomore year but still managed to come back strong and lead the team in several statistical categories and earn Big South Tournament MVP. She is a student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative for the volleyball team and Coastal where she participated in service experiences around the Myrtle Beach community and served as a participant in NCAA Title IX issues for three consecutive years.
Kimes volunteered at the Horry County Animal Shelter, baked cookies and wrote cards for a local hospice, visited local elementary schools to read to classes, participated in Shelters for Haiti, talked to local middle and high school students about transitional stages in life, helped with free volleyball clinics, and participated in Shoes for Haiti where Coastal collected more than 2,000 shoes to send.
Kimes is known as one of the Big South’s most lethal attackers. She was a member of the 2008 Big South regular-season co-champions and a member of the 2009 Big South Championship team that earned its first automatic NCAA appearance since 1998. She ranks 4th in career kills in Coastal Carolina history and second in career kills per set at 3.74. She ranks 4th in the Big South in season kills per set and was recently named the 2010 Preseason Big South Player of the Year. She is a two-time first-team All-Big South member her sophomore and junior years. She was named the 2009 Big South Tournament MVP and was selected to the All-Freshman Team her freshman year. Kimes led the team in kills in both her sophomore and junior years. She led the squad with 38 aces two years in a row.