May 25, 2012
HAMPTON, VA - Fayetteville State football player Larry McDonald and Lady Broncos' volleyball player Joi Emanuel were each named to the CIAA Commissioner's All-Academic Second Team, the league office announced this week.
McDonald (Sr. Mebane, N.C.) a Physical Education major, finished his Fayetteville State football career as one of the Broncos' most decorated players in the program's history. Playing several positions along the offensive line, McDonald finished his career having started the second-most games in Fayetteville State history. His 42 games started include every Broncos' game played during McDonald's career. A multiple All-CIAA performer, McDonald also boasts a 3.42 grade-point average.
Emanuel (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.), a Forensic Science major, is one of the elite volleyball players in the nation. Anchoring the team that led all of NCAA Division-II in aces per set, Emanuel led the Lady Broncos with 85 service aces this season, averaging a staggering 0.75 aces per set. That was good for third-best in all of Division-II. She ranked second on the team in kills, with 248, averaging 2.18 kills per set, which also ranked second on the team. Emanuel, who also led FSU in hitting percentage (.368) and blocks (0.99 per set), led the CIAA in each category, showcasing her brilliant all-around game. She has a 3.52 GPA.
Twenty student-athletes from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association were named to the CIAA Commissioner's All-Academic Team.
"The conference and its member institutions are extremely proud of these young, bright student-athletes. Their hard work and tenacity in reaching their academic and athletic goals are to be commended," comments Interim Commissioner Peggy Davis.
Johnson C. Smith dominates the 2011-12 First Team, led by Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field standout Akino Ming. Ming, a junior Communications major from St. Thomas, finished the academic season with a 3.82 GPA. Shavonda Price (3.68, Women's Basketball) and Xahnn-Georgia Reid (3.85, I/O T&F) also ranked with first team honors for the Golden Bulls.
CIAA Female and Male Scholar Athletes of the Year, Lolia Kienka (Shaw) and Christopher Copeland (St. Augustine's), also highlight the first team. Kienka, of the Shaw Lady Bears' Women's Tennis team, finished this season with a 3.91 GPA in International Relations and Business Management with a minor in Accounting. Kienka was awarded CIAA Women's Tennis Player of the Year, Women's Tennis Championship MVP and was listed on the CIAA All-Conference Team. She finished the season undefeated with a 21-0 record. Lolia is a Shaw Presidential Scholar, Student Ambassador, Nigerian Red Cross volunteer and has won the Shaw U. Gold Pen, Chester Davis Sportsmanship Award, and Athletic Director's Award.
Christopher Copeland, a track and field student-athlete, a 3.64 senior Sports Management major, won the NCAA Indoor High Jump title with a career best leap of 7-foot, 3-inches and also won the CIAA Indoor and Outdoor High Jump title with a 6-10 mark. Copeland was named to the 2011 USTFCCCA Division II All-Academic Track and Field team and was named as a 2011 USTFCCCA Division II Track & Field All-American. Christopher is a SAC Presidential Scholar and has organized youth events and activities at Garner Road Community Center in Raleigh, NC.
To be eligible for the Commissioner's All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed one full academic year at a CIAA institution, earned a minimum 3.20 overall grade point average and have excelled as a starter or significant reserve in a CIAA sanctioned sport.
2011-2012 CIAA ALL-COMMISSIONER'S TEAM
Akino Ming JCSU I/O T&F 3.829 Jr. St. Thomas, JA Communications
Lolia Kienka SU Tennis 3.917 Sr. Lagos, Nigeria Business/International Relations
Kathryn Tokarski SAC VB/SB/T&F 3.810 Sr. Saskatchewan, Canada Human Performance & Wellness
Aaron Jones WSSU Baseball 4.0 Jr. Kernersville, NC History
Christopher Copeland SAC Track & Field 3.643 Sr. Suffolk, VA Sports Management
Allie Kolezynski CU Softball 3.987 Sr. Strongsville, OH Business Administration
Shavonda Price JCSU W-Basketball 3.684 Sr. Fort Wayne, IN Communication Arts
Brucelee Sterile LUP Football 3.914 Sr. Miami, Florida Management/Finance
Bryan Aycoth LC Track & Field 3.87 Sr. Salisbury, NC Biology
Xahnn-Georgia Reid JCSU I/O T&F 3.851 Jr. Clarendon, Jamaica Biology
Keyona Bryant SAC W. Basketball 3.256 Sr. Springdale, MD Communications
Cassandra Clayborne BSU Softball 4.00 Fr. Damascus, MD Biology
Allyssa Lane SU W. Basketball 3.64 Sr. Winter Park, FL Recreation
Adria Lewis BSU Softball 3.86 So. Cumberland, MD Biology
Regan Simpson ECSU Volleyball 3.931 Sr. Richmond, VA Education
Emanuel Haug VSU Men's Tennis 3.95 Sr. Las Vegas, NV Biology (Pre-medicine)
Byron Westmorland BSU Men's Basketball 3.20 Jr. Baltimore, MD Communications
Joi Emanuel FSU Volleyball 3.52 Jr. Charlotte, NC Forensic Science
Zach Sheets WSSU Golf 4.0 Jr. Kernersville, NC Physical Education
Larry McDonald FSU Football 3.43 Sr. Mebane, NC Physical Education