Atlanta, GA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announces the 2011 SIAC Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Teams and Predicted Order of Finish as voted on by the SIAC Volleyball Coaches Association. The 2011 preseason team is led by Paine College outside hitter Victoria Claytor.
Claytor, a native of El Paso, TX, finished among the league leaders with a team-high 390 kills and a .273 hitting percentage. The 5-10 junior also had a team-high 88 blocks, averaging .75 per set. As a sophomore, she was named 2010 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year while also earning All-SIAC second team honors.
Also joining Claytor on this year’s preseason All- SIAC Team is Fernisha McMillian and Janae’ Kearse. Last year, McMillian was chosen as SIAC first-team Libero and joins Claytor on the SIAC first-team. The senior from Blackville, SC led the team with 405 digs, 26 service aces, and no ball-handling errors. Kearse was selected as a member of the SIAC second-team. One of the Lady Lions most versatile players, the senior Orangeburg, SC native recorded 116 kills, 46 service aces, 356 digs, and the 5’2 outside hitter had a total of 23 blocks.
Defending champion Kentucky State was picked to win the West Division while 2010 SIAC tournament runner-up Albany State was selected to win the East Division. The Lady Lions finished the 2010 season with a 17-15 overall record, and were chosen to finish in 5th place on the East Division. The Thorobrettes, coming off a 22-10 (15-1 in the SIAC) campaign and a berth in the NCAA tournament, were also selected to repeat as SIAC champions for the second consecutive year.
2011 SIAC Preseason Volleyball All-Conference Team
Sabrina Garcia Outside Hitter Senior Albany State University
Lauren Calvin Outside Hitter Sophomore Claflin University
Victoria Claytor Outside Hitter Junior Paine College
Jamila McKinnis Outside Hitter Senior Stillman College
Phyllice Eubanks Middle Blocker Senior Stillman College
Brittany Stewart Setter Senior Kentucky State University
Fernisha McMillan Libero Senior Paine College
Latayvia Mack Middle Blocker Junior Benedict College
Erica Coleman Outside Hitter Senior Kentucky State University
Janae’ Kearse Outside Hitter Senior Paine College
Faith Simmons Outside Hitter Junior Claflin University
Danica Lawrence Middle Hitter Junior Clark Atlanta University
Ashley Jackson Setter Sophomore Benedict College
Tyneishah Spears Libero Sophomore Clark Atlanta University
2011 Predicted Order of Finish
1. Albany State
4. Clark Atlanta
6. Fort Valley State
1. Kentucky State
Conference Champion: Kentucky State
L-R: Victoria Claytor, Fernisha McMillian, Janae' Kearse