Jan. 25, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma head volleyball coach Santiago Restrepo has announced the signing of Kansas City native Grace Whitley to a national-letter-of-intent. Whitley will begin competing for the Sooners during the 2011 season.
“We’re excited to have Grace join our program,” Restrepo said. “Her talent makes her a great addition to our program, and we’re enthusiastic about the future.”
Bishop Miege High School won back-to-back state titles Whitley’s senior and junior seasons. She earned all-Eastern Kansas League second team honors as a senior, producing a .393 hitting percentage. Whitley registered 231 kills, 24 service aces and 142 blocks while serving as the team’s captain. She was a first team all-state selection as a junior and honorable mention all-metro.
During the 2009 season, BMHS competed for a national title and Whitley earned most valuable honors at the junior nationals 16 open. She competed at St. Teresa’s Academy as a freshman and sophomore.
Whitley played for the KC Power Volleyball Club based in Roeland Park, Kansas. The team won the 2009 national championship and she was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
“I loved the Oklahoma campus, traditions and coaching staff,” Whitley said. “It’s close to my parents, as well.”
Whitley is the daughter of Eddy Whitley and Tracie Dittemore. She plans to major in broadcast journalism.
Grace Whitley Bio
Played at Bishop Miege High School under head coach Gwenn Pike … Team won back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2009 … Team competed for a national title in 2009 … 2009 Junior Nationals 16 open most valuable player … Named second team all-Eastern Kansas League as a senior … Hit .393 as a senior … Recorded 231 kills, 24 service aces and 142 total blocks … Team captain as a senior … First team all-state selection as a junior … All-Eastern Kansas League … All-Sun team … Honorable mention all-metro … Prepped at St. Teresa’s Academy her freshman season and first semester of sophomore year … Earned first team all-district as a freshman …. Named team captain as a sophomore … Also earned one letter in track and field … Member of the National Honor Society.
Played under head coach Dave Johnson for the KC Power Volleyball Club based in Roeland Park, Kansas … Team won the 2009 national championship … Named tournament’s most valuable player.
Born Grace Frances Dittemore Whitley in Shawnee Mission, Kansas … Daughter of Eddy Whitley and Tracie Dittemore … Father, Eddy, played football at Kansas State … Plans to major in broadcast journalism.