Nov. 14, 2012
HAMPTON, VA - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Fayetteville State middle hitter Ifeyinwa Nwokolo the 2012 CIAA Volleyball Player of the Year.
She is one of eight Lady Broncos to be named All-Conference. The teams were voted upon by the CIAA Volleyball Coaches Association and the CIAA Sports Information Directors Association.
Right side Joylene Thompson, libero JaMisha Jordan and utility player Jessica Hardy were also named to the Volleyball All-CIAA First Team, with Nwokolo.
Middle blocker Joi Emanuel, setter Molly Farrington and right side Taylor Norris were named to the All-CIAA Second Team. Outside hitter Shavon Shaw earned the recognition of All-CIAA Rookie Team.
Ifeyinwa Nwokolo (Sr., Greensboro, NC) becomes the fourth Fayetteville State player in the last six years to receive Player of the Year honors. Along with the top honors, Ifeyinwa receives her second First Team All-CIAA honors. She finished the regular season ranked number one in hitting percentage in the conference and fourth nationally. She also ranks among the top three in kills and points within the CIAA. Nwokolo tallied 69 total blocks (17 solo, 52 assisted) after playing in 26 matches this season with 19 starts. She had a season-high 27 kills in a victory over Virginia State. The senior had 11 matches in which she tallied double-digit kills.
Chekimbrell Jefferson last received the award in 2009.
(Jr., Spanish Town, JA) finished third on the team in kills with 190. She contributed 179 digs, 50 blocks (eight solo, 42 assisted) and 26 assists. She set a career-high in digs with 23.
JaMisha Jordan (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) has also received her second nod as an All-CIAA First Team performer. She leads the CIAA in digs, digs per set and service aces per set; while ranking third nationally in service aces per set. She is also the team leader with 438 digs and 71 service aces. Jordan finished the regular season with double-digit digs in 17 consecutive matches and 22 overall. She recorded a career-best 30 digs against Winston-Salem State.
Jessica Hardy (So., Fayetteville, NC) finished fourth on the team in kills with 157. She compiled 72 digs, 30 blocks (two solo, 28 assisted) and 46 assists this season.
Joi Emanuel (Sr., Charlotte, NC) will make her second appearance on an All-CIAA Team. She finished the year ranked first in the CIAA and 14th nationally in blocks per set. Joi also ranks second in hitting percentage behind Nwokolo. Emanuel was first on the team in blocks with 126 (46 solo, 80 assisted) and second in kills with 195. She recorded double-digit kills in seven matches and had a season-high of 14. Emanuel also tallied a career-high 13 blocks (8 solo, 5 assisted).
Molly Farrington (Jr., Fayetteville, NC) led Fayetteville State with 443 assists this season as she appeared in all 28 matches. She averaged 4.61 assists per match. Farrington had a career-high 30 assists. She posted a season-long streak of 12 straight matches with double-digit assists.
Taylor Norris (So., Fayetteville, NC) finished her first season with the Lady Broncos fifth on the team in kills with 116 and ties for third in blocks with 50 (four solo, 46 assisted). Norris posted five or more kills in a match 12 times.
Shavon Shaw (Fr., Bethel, NC) was named to the CIAA All-Rookie Team. She concluded her freshman campaign at Fayetteville State sixth on the team in kills with 103. She contributed 45 digs and 18 blocks (4 solo, 14 assisted) this season.
The CIAA Player and Rookie of the Year and the All-CIAA First Team will be formally recognized at the Volleyball Championship Banquet. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hampton-Marina in Hampton, VA on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.