SHAW VOLLEYBALL PREDICTED TO REPEAT AS CIAA CHAMPIONS AND SOUTHERN DIVISION CHAMPS

SHAW VOLLEYBALL PREDICTED TO REPEAT AS CIAA CHAMPIONS AND SOUTHERN DIVISION CHAMPS

RALEIGH, NC – The Shaw University volleyball team was picked to win the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference (CIAA) and the Southern Division, the league announced Thursday afternoon. The Lady Bears are fresh off a brilliant campaign in which they went 15-1 on their way to their first CIAA Championship in 21 years.

 

Head coach and two-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year, DiShondra Goree has the blessing of returning almost an entire squad from a season ago and all of her starting-lineup.

 

The Lady Bears also picked up several preseason all-conference nods as the 2016 CIAA Tournament MVP, outside hitter Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) and setter Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) whom were named 2016 All-CIAA First Team members were selected to the 2017 CIAA All-Preseason team. In addition, right-side hitter Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI) and outside hitter Aisja Jones (Red Oak, TX) were also named to the All-Preseason squad.

 

Shaw amassed a conference-best 89 points for first place votes while Chowan garnered 87 points, Fayetteville State (75), Winston-Salem State (74) and Virginia State (72) rounded out the top five.

 

The Lady Bears opens the 2017 season on Sept. 1 at home versus Claflin for "Fan Night". First serve is slated for 6 p.m. inside C.C. Spaulding Gymnasium.

 

2017 CIAA Volleyball Preseason Honors

 

Predicted Order of Finish

  1. Shaw University
  2. Chowan University
  3. Fayetteville State University
  4. Winston-Salem State University
  5. Virginia State University
  6. Virginia Union University
  7. Saint Augustine's University
  8. Livingstone College
  9. Johnson C. Smith University
  10. Bowie State University
  11. Lincoln (PA) University
  12. Elizabeth City State University

 

Northern Division

  1. Chowan University
  2. Virginia State University
  3. Virginia Union University
  4. Bowie State University
  5. Lincoln (PA) University
  6. Elizabeth City State University

 

Southern Division

  1. Shaw University
  2. Fayetteville State University
  3. Winston-Salem State University
  4. Saint Augustine's University
  5. Livingstone College
  6. Johnson C. Smith University
 

Outside Hitters

 

Middle Hitters/Blockers

  • Jayde Jacobs, Fayetteville State*
  • Christa Brown, Winston-Salem State
  • Ambryanna Moore, Virginia Union
 

Right-Side Hitters

 
 

Setters

 

Libero

  • Bailey Zavala, Chowan *
 

Utility

  • Jasmine Smith, Winston-Salem

*2016 All-CIAA First Team Members

For the most up-to-date information on Shaw volleyball and its 13 varsity sport teams, please visit www.shawbears.com.