MEAC Announces Volleyball All-Conference Honors
South Carolina State senior Jarne Gleaton was named the 2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year, the conference announced on Thursday.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Maline Vaitai earned Rookie of the Year accolades and Spartans' head coach Brandon Duvall was named Coach of the Year, as voted on by the MEAC head volleyball coaches and sports information directors.
Gleaton averaged 3.36 kills and 3.85 points in 103 sets played. The outside hitter aided her team to a 6-2 record in conference play and 14-22 mark overall. The 6-2 mark was the highest finish for the Lady Bulldogs since the 1989 season when they went 3-0 in MEAC play. Gleaton totaled 346 kills during the regular season along with 1.97 digs and 0.29 aces per set. In addition, she tallied five double-doubles and recorded 20-plus kills in two matches this season.
Vaitai led the conference in kills per set (3.42), and points (4.01) and was third in services aces (0.38). The rookie posted four double-doubles and 22 double-digit kill performances out of 30 matches played.
As a team, the Lady Hawks finished with an 8-2 conference record and 19-11 regular season mark.
In his first year at the helm of the Spartans, Duvall guided his team to a 5-3 record in MEAC play and 13-19 record overall. The 13-19 mark was the most wins in a season and in MEAC play for NSU since 1998 when they finished 5-3 in conference play and 19-13 overall. The Spartans are among the top three in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.162), service aces (1.48) and digs (12.87).
Joining Gleaton the 2010 All-MEAC First-Team are teammates Shabree Roberson and Bria Brimmer. UMES' Maline Vaitai, Tosin Elebute of Howard, and Sonja Banicevic of Delaware State complete the first-team honorees.
The MEAC Volleyball Championship tournament begins on Friday, November 19 at 10 a.m. with South Carolina State (S2) facing off against Howard (N3). Maryland Eastern Shore (N1) will compete against Bethune-Cookman (S4) in the second match of the day at 1 p.m. Florida A&M (S1) will contend with Morgan State (N4) at 4 p.m. and Norfolk State (S3) will battle Delaware State (N2) in the final match of the day at 7 p.m.
The competition continues on Saturday with the semi-final rounds at noon and 3:30 p.m. The volleyball championship tournament will conclude on Sunday beginning at noon. The championship finale will be video-streamed live on MEACsports.com.
For more information on the 2010 MEAC Volleyball Championship and for complete results, log on to www.MEACsports.com.