CIAA Volleyball: Talent-Loaded Teams Return for 2009 Campaign

CIAA Volleyball: Talent-Loaded Teams Return for 2009 Campaign
Preseason All-CIAA Team Selected

August 18, 2009

Hampton, VA… The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Coaches Association has selected its 2009 All-CIAA Volleyball Pre-Season Team.

2008 and 2007 CIAA Player of the Year, Chekimbrell Jefferson of Fayetteville State University, leads this year's preseason team. Jefferson is returning for her senior year atop the conference in two conference statistical categories, .347 hitting pct., 469 kills, 3.64 avg/s.

Other top returning players include rising junior, Xie'Ara Maybank-Smallings of Elizabeth City State University with 133 total blocks, 156 kills and a hitting average of .320; second in the conference.

Season play begins on August 28, with non-conference opponents spanning from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

August 28th matches:

28 Elizabeth City State University Lenoir Rhyne Tournament Hickory, NC  
28 Elizabeth City State University Limestone Hickory, NC  
28 Elizabeth City State University Belmont Abbey Hickory, NC  
28 Chowan University St. Paul's College Murfreesboro, NC 6:00pm
28 Chowan University Allen University Murfreesboro, NC 8:00pm
28 St. Augustine's College West Virginia Wesleyan Indiana, PA 10:00am
  Indiana University of PA Invitational      
28 St. Augustine's College Indiana University of PA Indiana, PA 2:30pm
28 Johnson C. Smith University Concord Charlotte, NC 6:00pm
28 Bowie State University Philadelphia University   1:00pm


Outside Hitter
6 Eva Johnson ECSU SR 5'8 Business Management
9 Samantha Meeks FSU JR 5'9 Elementary Education
4 Lashira Williams VUU JR 5'9 Biology
Middle Hitter/Blocker
2 Chekimbrell Jefferson FSU SR 6'2 Psychology
20 Xie'Ara Maybank-Smallings ECSU JR 6'3 Art
5 Breaun Garner BSU SR 5'9 Sport Management
7 Achari Mainor FSU JR 5'9 Psychology
10 Ashley Tarasoff ECSU SR 5'5 Physical Education
Right Side Hitter
14 Jennifer Hendy ECSU SR 6'1 N/A
10 Itumeleng Shadreck BSU SR 5'6 Elementary Education
3 Cassandra Noe ECSU JR 5'5 Undecided
1 Cailee Huffman FSU SR 5'8 Physical Education/Health