Lady Panthers Lead Preseason All-SIAC Honors

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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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