Nov. 2, 2011
HAMPTON, Va. - The Fayetteville State Lady Broncos' volleyball team lived up to its preseason billing - and then some.
The Lady Broncos placed three student-athletes on the All-CIAA First Team, including preseason All-CIAA selections JaMisha Jordan (So., Fayetteville, N.C.) at setter and Ifeyinwa Nwokolo (Jr., Greensboro, N.C.) at utility. Middle hitter Joi Emanuel (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) joined her teammates on the first team.
But the Lady Broncos' honors didn't stop there. Octavia Wynn (Jr., Hope Mills, N.C.) was named as an outside hitter on the All-CIAA Second Team, as was teammate LaToya Harvin (Fr., Bell Glade, Fla.), who made it as a middle hitter.
Also, Harvin and Nikita Cheadle (Fr., Hope Mills, N.C.) were named to the CIAA All-Rookie Team.
"Honestly, it's really no surprise to me," said Fayetteville State head coach Reeshemah Johnson. "I always knew these girls had this in them."
"Honestly, it's really no surprise to me. I always knew these girls had this in them."
FSU coach Reeshemah Johnson
"JaMisha, she made the Preseason All-CIAA team as a libero, and then came back and made First Team as a setter. That says a lot about her and her overall ability," Johnson said. "And Ifey is Ifey - she is just a top-notch player all around."
Johnson also raved about Emanuel, who made her first All-CIAA team.
"Joi's been here for three years now, and I've told her she had the talent and the ability to be a First Team player," Johnson said. "It was up to her to put in the work to do it, and she did."
Jordan led the CIAA in assists, averaging 8.55 per set, while Emanuel led the conference in hitting percentage at .367 and in blocks, with 1.01 per set. Harvin was third (.342) and Nwokolo was fourth (.274) in hitting percentage while Emanuel and Jordan were Nos. 2-3 in service aces per set.
Chowan University's Victoria Lewis leads this year's honorees as the 2011 CIAA Player of the Year. The senior outside hitter ranks among the top in the CIAA in kills (350), services aces (61, .59/set), and digs (276 with 2.68/set).
Nikira Fults, also of the Chowan Hawks, tops the rookie corps as 2011 Rookie of the Year. Fults, a freshman middle blocker from El Paso, Texas, ranks ninth in the CIAA in hitting percentage with 152 kills and 385 total attempts and ninth in blocks with 69 (24 solo, 45 assisted).
The CIAA Southern Division Champion Lady Broncos (18-12, 13-3) begin play in the CIAA Tournament in Pool B on Friday at the Boo Williams in Hampton, Va. Fayetteville State will play three matches on the first day, beginning with Virginia State, the North's No. 4 seed, at 11 a.m. Fayetteville State will then take on St. Augustine's, the South's No. 3 seed, at 3 p.m. before closing pool play with North No. 2 seed Elizabeth City State.
The semifinals will then take place at 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday before the title match at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
"We're ready to go," said Johnson. "We fell like we have a really good chance if we can all play up to our abilities."
The CIAA Player and Rookie of the Year and respective teams will be honored at the Volleyball Championship Banquet held at the Newport News Marriott at the City Center, Newport News, Va., on Thursday.
2011 All-CIAA VOLLEYBALL TEAM
JRSY # NAME SCHOOL CLASS HT HOMETOWN MAJOR Outside Hitters 6 Victoria Lewis CU SR 5'10 Stafford, VA Pre-Law 19 Whitney Green ECSU SO 5'11 Greenville, NC Marine Biology 1 Kathryn Tokarski SAC SR 5'10 Saskatchewan, Canada Human Performance Middle Hitters/Blockers 7 Karina Monroe CU JR 6'1 Spotsylvania, VA Environmental Biology 6 Joi Emanuel FSU JR 6'3 Charlotte, NC Forensic Science 20 Phylicia Egbuna LC JR 5'10 Chula Vista, CA Business Administration Setters 5 Callie Armistead CU JR 5'9 Richmond, VA Criminal Justice 1 JaMisha Jordan FSU SO 5'5 Fayetteville, NC Business Administration Rightside Hitters 10 Megan Sawyer CU SO 5'8 Virginia Beach, VA Art Education 2 Keisha Parris SAC SR 5'10 St. Catherine, Jamaica Business Administration Libero 1 Oasis Ellison ECSU SR 5'5 Beauford, NC Physical Education Utility 13 Ifeyinwa Nwokolo FSU JR 5'11 Greensboro, NC Nursing
Player of the Year 6 Victoria Lewis CU SR 5'10 Stafford, VA Pre-Law
All-CIAA 2nd Team
JRSY # NAME SCHOOL CLASS HT HOMETOWN MAJOR Outside Hitters 8 Monica Ruffin CU SO 5'9 Richmond, VA Accounting 8 Lia Scott ECSU SR 5'8 Atlanta, GA Biochemistry 3 Octavia Wynn FSU JR 5'10 Hope Mills, NC Business Administration Middle Hitters/Blockers 14 Chelsey Campbell ECSU SO 6'1 Charlotte, NC Social Work 2 LaToya Harvin FSU FR 6'0 Bell Glade, FL Elementary Education 11 DeAnn Smith WSSU JR 6'1 St. James, Barbados Communications Setters 6 Roxanne Smith SAC SR 5'5 St. Catherine, Jamaica Biology 7 Kiara Brown WSSU SR 5'9 Raleigh, NC Nursing Rightside Hitters 2 Kyla Shute ECSU FR 6'0 Corona, CA Middle School Education 15 Francesca Edgerton WSSU JR 5'10 Ellenboro, NC Nursing Libero 6 Jenessa Shinauld VSU FR 5'8 Sacramento, CA Criminal Justice Utility 12 Morghan Stallings ECSU JR 5'10 Elizabeth City, NC Pharmacy
JRSY # NAME SCHOOL POS HT HOMETOWN MAJOR 2 Nikira Fults CU MB 5'9 El Paso, TX Pre-Law 2 Kyla Shute ECSU RS 6'0 Corona, CA Middle School Education 2 LaToya Harvin FSU MB 6'0 Bell Glade, FL Elementary Education 14 Nikita Cheadle FSU OH 5'8 Hope Mills, NC Health & Physical Education 6 Jenessa Shinauld VSU L 5'8 Sacramento, CA Criminal Justice 2 Brittany Rich WSSU U 5'8 Randleman, NC Mathematics
Rookie of the Year
2 Nikira Fults CU MB 5'9 El Paso, TX Pre-Law
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