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The 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference defending volleyball champion Clark Atlanta University, nabbed four selections on the Preseason All-SIAC team led by two-time honoree Kailyn Blackmon as voted by the SIAC Volleyball Coaches Association.

Joining setter Blackmon as first-team selections are fellow seniors, libero Tyneishah Spears and middle blocker Keierica Howard, while sophomore Cori Smith garnered second team honors. This veteran nucleus along with five other returners, including seniors Chanel Trice and Sierra Graham and five newcomers. hope to repeat in capturing the conference title despite being tabbed to finish second in the east division.

“This team is a very talented and confident group of players who believe in themselves and each other,” said CAU Head Volleyball Coach Brittany Black. “With four of the five seniors who have played together for the last three years, they are ready to take on this challenge to win another championship.”

The Lady Panthers’ journey begins Sept.10 in their season home opener against Emmanuel College at 7 p.m., in Epps Gymnasium, followed by Brewton Parker at home on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. All CAU home volleyball games are played at Epps Gymnasium and are free to the public.

First Team Preseason Volleyball All-SIAC

Name

Class

Position

School

Hometown

Jillian Anderson

Senior

Middle Blocker

Albany State

Athens, Ga.

Emily Grieshaber

Junior

Outside Hitter

Kentucky State

Thornton, Ind.

Ashley Johnson

Senior

Middle Blocker

Albany State

Tallahassee, Fla.

Kailyn Blackmon

Senior

Setter

Clark Atlanta

Evans, Ga.

Kierica Howard

Senior

Middle Blocker

Clark Atlanta

Houma, La.

Tyneishah Spears

Senior

Libero

Clark Atlanta

New Orleans, La.

Sabrena Rose

Sophomore

Setter

Kentucky State

Indianapolis, Ind.

Second Team Preseason Volleyball All-SIAC

Name

Class

Position

School

Hometown

Lydia Wise

Junior

Middle Blocker

Claflin

Columbia, S.C.

Ashley Jackson

Senior

Setter

Benedict

Dacula, Ga.

Ashley Savage

Junior

Libero

Stillman

Alabaster, Ala.

Chelsea Foster

Junior

Outside Hitter

Claflin

Duncan, S.C.

Cori Smith

Sophomore

Outside Hitter

Clark Atlanta

Kansas City, Kan.

Alesha Humphrey

Junior

Middle Blocker

LeMoyne Owen

Franklin, Tenn.

Janur Paige

Senior

Setter

Stillman

Enterprise, Ala.

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