2017 CIAA Softball Preseason Team & Coaches Poll

Charlotte, NC - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announces its 2017 Preseason Softball All-Conference Team and Predicted Order of Finish as selected by the CIAA Softball Coaches and Sports Information Directors Associations.

The Chowan University Hawks, who finished runner-up in the 2016 season, have been selected to dominate the Northern Division and predicted to take the crown at this year's championship. The Rams of Winston-Salem State University were selected atop the Southern Division and second conference-wide.

Conference play for softball teams begins this weekend at the CIAA Round-Up, hosted by Johnson C. Smith University. Games will be held Friday, March 17 – Sunday, March 19 at Nevins Community Park. The event is free and open to the public. The 2017 CIAA Softball Championship will be held May 4-6 on the campus of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia.


2017 Preseason All-CIAA Team


#8 Kayla Robins | Chowan

#33 Mercedes Hargett | Winston-Salem State


#12 Haley Cooper | Chowan

#7 Shi-Cara Goins | Fayetteville State



#9 Zoe Howard | Fayetteville State


First Baseman

#3 Danielle Baccus | Chowan


Second Baseman

#13 Tina White, Chowan


Third Baseman

#11 Morgan Hasty, Johnson C. Smith


Short Stop

#17 Jacqueline Pickering, Bowie State


Right Fielder

#17 Kris Neal, Chowan


Designated Player

#4 HaLee Knowles, Fayetteville State University


Northern Division Ranking

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


Southern Division Ranking

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


Conference Coaches Poll

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