SIX LADY BEARS EARN ALL-CIAA WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL HONORS

SIX LADY BEARS EARN ALL-CIAA WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL HONORS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in conjunction with the Volleyball Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association announced the 2017 All-CIAA First, Second, and All-Rookie Teams on Tuesday afternoon. Shaw University had six players named All-Conference, including First-Team middle hitters/blockers in sophomore Tapanga Moten (New Orleans, LA) and junior Saraya Klink (Fuquay-Varina, NC). Junior Keveesha Wattley (St. Croix, VI) was named First-Team All-CIAA for right-side hitters while junior Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez (San Juan, PR) tabbed First-Team All-Conference at the setter position.

Junior outside hitter Kelly Murphy (Mukwonago, WI) and senior libero Tiffany Brooks (Efland, NC) received Second-Team honors.

Moten was named First-Team All-Conference after posting a team's second-best .84 blocks per set (7th in the CIAA); she averaged 2.12 kills per set (.262 hitting percentage). The 5-foot-11 middle hitter recorded four games with at least 10 kills and registered a career-high eight blocks at Winston-Salem State (Oct. 31). The award is Moten's second All-CIAA accolade in her career.

Klink led the Lady Bears and ranked third amongst the CIAA in total kills (240) and blocks (97) this season to earn First-Team honors. She led the conference with a hitting percentage of .327 and finished eighth in the league with 2.42 kills per set. Her best game came against Virginia State (Sept. 30) with 15 kills while adding five blocks. She recorded a season-high 10 blocks against Ohio Valley (Sept. 8).

Eight months back from a season-ending injury a year ago, Wattley led the team in kills per set (2.58) and ranked fifth in the CIAA for her third-consecutive All-CIAA honor. She tied for eighth in the conference in hitting percentage (.264).

It was no surprise for arguably one of the best setters in the CIAA in three-time All-CIAA honoree Olmeda-Gonzalez. The 5-foot-4 setter averaged 6.36 assists per set for 534 assists on the year. Earlier in the season, she surpassed her 2,000th career assist, becoming the programs all-time leader in assists.

Also a three-time All-CIAA honoree and well respected in the league, Murphy tabbed Second-Team recognition for her efforts this season. She ranked fifth in the standings in kills (225), six in service aces (.57) and seventh in digs (292) this season. The Mukwonago, WI, native eclipsed her 1,000th career kill versus Fayetteville State (Nov. 6) becoming the fourth player in program history to do so.

Brooks wrapped up the All-CIAA honorees for Shaw at the libero spot. The Efland, N.C., native is fourth in the league in digs (366) and sixth overall (3.94) digs per set. On Sept. 5, Brooks tallied her 1,000th career dig of her career after recording 37 stops in the UNC Pembroke Tri-Match.

The Lady Bears will look to defend their crown at the 2017 CIAA Volleyball Championship beginning Friday, Nov. 17 when Shaw takes on Lincoln (Pa.) at 7:30 p.m. at the VSU Multipurpose Center at Virginia State University.

For a complete list of the All-CIAA and All-Rookie awards, see below:

For more information on Shaw volleyball and its 13 varsity sports, visit www.shawbears.com.

First Team

Outside Hitters

#5

Shakera Hall

St. Augustine's

5-10

Jr.

Bridgetown, Barbados

#9

Gorana Bogdanovic

Johnson C. Smith

5-10

Jr.

Belgrade, Serbia

#22

Jasmine Smith

Winston-Salem State

5-10

Sr.

Louisville, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Hitters/Blockers

#23

Tapanga Moten

Shaw

5-11

So.

New Orleans, LA

#14

Saraya Klink

Shaw

5-10

Jr.

Fuquay-Varina, NC

#1

Hailey Heyward

Virginia State

5-7

Jr

Charleston, SC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right-Side Hitters

#20

Keveesha Wattley

Shaw

5-11

Jr.

St. Croix, VI

#15

Mia Herrod 

Winston-Salem State

5-9

Jr.

Chicago, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setters

#2

Karisa Patterson

Chowan

5-8

Sr.

St. Agustine, FL

#9

Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez

Shaw

5-6

Jr.

San Juan, PR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libero

#8

Bailey Zavala

Chowan

5-6

Sr.

Las Vegas, NV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility

#13

Arlicia Ortiz

Fayetteville State

5-5

Sr.

Spanaway, WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Team

Outside Hitters

#12

Nia Bell

Fayetteville State

5-8

R -So.

Elizabeth City, NC

#22

Kelly Murphy

Shaw

5-8

Jr.

Mukwonago, WI

#14

Sydney Holland

Winston-Salem State

5-7

Sr.

Durham, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle Hitters/Blockers

#8

Ambryanna Moore

Virginia Union

5-10

Jr.

Elgin, SC

#21

Christa Brown

Winston-Salem State

6-1

Jr.

Groveport, OH

#2

Jayde Jacobs

Fayetteville State

5-7

Sr.

Fayetteville, NC

 

Right-Side Hitters

#7

Kayla Gates 

Chowan

5-10

Fr.

Chesapeake, VA

#22

Tiara Ramey

Virginia State

5-7

Jr.

Augusta, GA

 #2

Kamryn Young

Virginia Union 

5-10

So.

Orlando, FL

 

Setters

#11

Miranda Bass

Virginia State

5-6

Sr.

Gainsville, FL

#15

Nakia McKinnie

Fayetteville State

5-9

So.

Niceville, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Libero

#13

Tiffany Brooks

Shaw

5-3

Sr.

Efland, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility

#2

Alexis Gregson-Hammond

Winston-Salem State

6-1

Fr.

Englewood, CO

 

All-Rookie

#7

Kayla Gates

Chowan

5-10

Fr.

Chesapeake, VA

#8

Brittany Carpenter

Winston-Salem State

5-10

Fr.

Concord, NC

#2

Alexis Gregson-Hammond

Winston-Salem State

6-1

Fr.

Englewood, CO

#1

Taylor Irving

St. Augustine's

5-9

Fr.

Litchfield, AZ

#16

Jailyn Ivey

Virginia State

5-11

Fr.

Bowie, MD

 #6

Mechele Moss

St. Augustine's

5-4

Fr.

Nassau, Bahamas