CIAA Announces 2017 Preseason Volleyball Team & Predicted Order of Finish


Charlotte, NC (August 10, 2017) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in conjunction with its Volleyball Coaches Association announces the 2017 Predicted Order of Finish and Preseason Team.

The Bears of Shaw University have been predicted to lead the conference this season after 2016 Coach of the Year DiShondra Goree led her Bears to a 2016 Southern Division title and the 2016 CIAA Championship crown. The Lady Bears breezed through last year's championship tournament bracket with a 3-0 win over Lincoln (PA) University and went 3-1 against Virginia State University, earning a championship game appearance. After defeating the Broncos of Fayetteville State University 3-0 in the final contest, Shaw advanced to the first round of the Atlantic Region Tournament. The team marked a 22-8 overall record while going 15-1 in conference play and 9-1 in divisional play.  

2015 CIAA Player of the Year Kelly Murphy of Shaw University, returns for the second year in a row to the Preseason All-CIAA Team. Last season, the outside hitter led the conference in service aces per set (0.61), second in kills (339), and third in the conference with kills per set (3.42).  Murphy is joined by Saint Augustine's University right-side hitter Shakera Hall, who lead the conference in kills per set (4.17) and third in kills (338).  Also returning from the 2016 All-CIAA Team are Jayde Jacobs of Fayetteville State University, Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez of Shaw, Mya Snow of Winston-Salem State University, and Bailey Zavala of Chowan University. 

The 2017 CIAA volleyball season will open on Friday, August 28, 2017.  

2017 CIAA Volleyball Preseason Honors

Predicted Order of Finish

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

Northern Division

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

Southern Division

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

Outside Hitters

  • Kelly Murphy, Shaw*
  • Tiara Ramey, Virginia State 
  • Aisja Jones, Shaw

Middle Hitters/Blockers

  • Jayde Jacobs, Fayetteville State*
  • Christa Brown, Winston-Salem State
  • Ambryanna Moore, Virginia Union

Right-Side Hitters

  • Shakera Hall, Saint Augustine's *
  • Kaveesha Wattley, Shaw


  • Michelle Olmeda-Gonzalez, Shaw*
  • Mya Snow, Winston-Salem State *


  • Bailey Zavala, Chowan *


  • Jasmine Smith, Winston-Salem State

*2016 All-CIAA First Team Members