Sept. 10, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE - The Fayetteville State volleyball team will look to get its first win of the season, as it heads to the CIAA Volleyball Round-up on Friday.
The Round-up, which pits CIAA member schools against each other over three days, will be held on the campus of Virginia State University.
FSU's first match, against the host Trojans, will be at Noon on Friday.
The Broncos (0-5) participated in the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational to begin the season. In the tournament, FSU fell to Catawba College, Pfeiffer University, Coker College and Limestone College.
The four schools have a combined 14-21 record this season.
"We have quite a number of freshmen who are seeing considerable playing time," first-year head coach Reeshemah Johnson said. "The first five games gave us an opportunity to kind of come together as a team. The fact that it was really good competition was great, it helped us identify our weaknesses and our strengths."
Chekimbrell Jefferson, a redshirt junior from Laurel Hill, N.C., leads the Broncos with nine kills.
Junior Demarius Pankey tops FSU with nine digs, while Senior Cailee Huffman and setter Achari Mainor both have eight.
Johnson's unit will also face St. Pauls on Friday, before wrapping up the Round-up with Lincoln (Pa.), Elizabeth City State, Virginia Union and Bowie State.
"I'm looking for growth from the beginning of the season," said Johnson. "I'm looking to see my freshmen step up and I'm looking to see some leadership from my returning players, both in terms of motivation and in terms of execution. With us working as a team, I think we'll see lots of improvement as well."
A 2000 graduate of FSU, Johnson served as an assistant coach with the Broncos from 1998 to 2000. In her three seasons as an assistant, FSU won the 1998 CIAA title and finished second in 1999 and 2000.
FSU's first home match is Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Capel Arena against The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.