HAMPTON, VA - Fayetteville State volleyball players Joi Emanuel
and Ifeyinwa Nwokolo
have been named to the CIAA Commissioner's All-Academic Second Team. The All-Academic Teams are made up of student-athletes who have completed at least one academic year at a member intuition, made significant contributions to their respective sport and have achieved a grade-point-average of 3.2 or better.
"Athletics in the CIAA provides a unique opportunity for student-athletes to compete and receive a quality education," stated CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter. "It is important to understand that there is a balance that is expected from DII student-athletes, i.e., to graduate while cultivating a variety of skills to prepare for life time experiences and opportunities."
Joi Emanuel and Ifeyinwa Nwokolo recently wrapped up their collegiate careers by guiding the Lady Broncos to their fourth Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship in program history. Fayetteville State won a school record 28 games last season and earned a bid into the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament. The Lady Broncos also went unbeaten in conference play at 16-0 for just the second time in school history.
Emanuel, a senior Forensic Science/Chemistry major, holds a 3.54 grade-point-average. She was named CIAA Second Team All-Conference, CIAA All-Tournament Team and CIAA Tournament Most Valuable Player last season. Emanuel played 34 matches at the middle blocker position and led the conference with 143 total blocks. She also led the CIAA and ranked 27th nationally in blocks per set with 1.20. A three-time All-CIAA, two-time All-Tournament team performer, Emanuel played in 102 matches during her four-year career and finished with 636 kills and 293 total blocks.
Nwokolo, a senior Nursing major, boasts a 3.23 grade-point-average. This past season, she became the fourth FSU volleyball player in six years to be named CIAA Player of the Year. Nwokolo also received CIAA First Team All-Conference, CIAA All-Tournament Team, Honorable Mention AVCA Atlantic All-Region Team and NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional All-Tournament Team honors. She was ranked third in the conference in kills with 351 and tenth nationally in hitting percentage at .385. The middle hitter, who played in 32 matches last season. Nwokolo, along with her awards from this past season, was named to the 2009 CIAA All-Rookie Team as well as 2010 and 2011 CIAA First Team All-Conference. She finishes her career at Fayetteville State with 116 matches played and 797 kills.
"The CIAA All-Academic team represents student-athletes who demonstrate a commitment to achievement not only in athletics but academic excellence in the classroom," said Carpenter. "It is an honor to recognize such a prestigious group of student-athletes in the CIAA who will serve as future leaders in their communities."
Winston-Salem State's Ebone Evans and Khendra Reid were selected as the CIAA Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year, respectively. Evans participated in WSSU's women's track and field program; while Reid played linebacker on the Rams football team.
The Scholar-Athletes of the Year are nominated by their respective institutions and voted upon by the CIAA Executive Committee. The All-Academic Team is voted upon by the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association.