Oct. 27, 2008
Sports Editor for The Laurinburg Exchange
Of all the great players to come through Scotland's volleyball program in recent years, the greatest still might be Chekimbrell Jefferson.
Blessed with freakish strength and leaping ability, Jefferson was a two-time All Mid-Southeastern Conference selection who tallied 297 kills as a senior before graduating from Scotland High School in 2004.
Jefferson was also a track and field stalwart at SHS, setting school records in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, and she played center on the basketball team.
Jefferson's sport was obvious, however, and she chose to accept a volleyball scholarship to East Carolina over schools such as Auburn, North Carolina State and Clemson. Jefferson redshirted with the Pirates in 2004, but in 2005 she appeared in 75 games, finishing fourth on the ECU roster in blocks (56) and fifth in kills per game (2.21).
Jefferson would make the decision to transfer in 2006, and she ended up at Fayetteville State University. Jefferson, listed at 6-foot-2 by the Lady Broncos' web site, has dominated since joining the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association intuition.
Last season, her first at FSU, Jefferson was named the CIAA Player of the Year as she posted 474 kills (4.16 kills per game), 103 blocks, 110 digs and 63 service aces while leading the Broncos to their first CIAA championship since 1998 and first and only invitation to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic playoffs.
The 18-15 Broncos lead the CIAA again with a 12-1 league mark, and Jefferson has enjoyed another superb individual season. She leads the CIAA with a .356 hitting percentage and an average of 3.46 kills per game. Jefferson is her team's leader with 371 kills, and the Bronco closest to her is sophomore Samantha Meeks (250), a 2007 Scotland graduate. Jefferson's hitting percentage is 176 points higher than her next closest teammate; she leads FSU with 97 blocks and is tied for the team lead with 42 service aces.
In addition to Jefferson and Meeks, sophomores Demarius Pankey and Kierra Crosland give Fayetteville State's volleyball team four former Lady Scots on the roster.