Nov. 17, 2012
HAMPTON, VA – The Fayetteville State volleyball team clinched a spot in the CIAA Championship match on Saturday evening with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-22) semi-final victory over the Livingstone College Blue Bears at the Boo Williams Sportsplex. FSU advances to its first championship match since the 2009 season and second under head coach Reeshemah Johnson. The Lady Broncos also captured a school-record 27th victory, breaking the previous mark of 26 set by the 2007 squad.
FSU moves to 27-5 on the season while the Blue Bears finish with a 26-8 record.
Fayetteville State defeated Livingstone for the third time this season and will face the Chowan Hawks, the Northern Division Champions, in the championship match. The Lady Broncos and Hawks will meet for the fourth time in four seasons in postseason play. The two teams have faced each other in the semi-finals the last two seasons and in the finals in 2009. Fayetteville State was also victorious in its only match this season against Chowan with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory in Fayetteville on Sept. 29.
Ifeyinwa Nwokolo (Sr., Greensboro, NC) continues her impressive play in the postseason by recording a game-high 14 kills for the Lady Broncos. She has led FSU on offense in each of its four matches at the CIAA Championship. Joylene Thompson (Jr., Spanish Town, JA), Taylor Norris (So., Fayetteville, NC) and Shavon Shaw (Fr., Bethel, NC) each had seven kills. Paige Horne (Jr., Southern Pines, NC) and Molly Farrington (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) combined for all 36 of the team’s assists as Horne had 22 and Farrington 14. JaMisha Jordan collected a team-high 16 digs for Fayetteville State. She now has double-digit digs in each of her last 21 matches.
Fayetteville State tallied 42 team kills on 109 attempts, and held Livingstone to just 23 kills on 100 attempts. The Blue Bears also committed 19 attack errors and five service errors. The Lady Broncos took advantage of six service aces, led by two from Joi Emanuel (Sr., Charlotte, NC) and five team blocks.
The 2012 CIAA Volleyball Championship match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 and will be webcasted live at www.livestream.com/ciaa.