MEAC announces volleyball preseason honors
NORFOLK, Va. - South Carolina State outside hitter Desire Waller was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Preseason Player of the Year the conference announced today. Preseason honors were voted on by the conference’s head volleyball coaches and sports information directors.
The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers and the Hampton Lady Pirates were picked as the preseason favorites in the northern and southern divisions. Florida A&M received 19 first-place votes, while Hampton garnered 14.
Florida A&M posted an unblemished 10-0 conference mark and a 15-10 overall record in 2012. The Lady Pirates finished second in the north standings with a 9-3 conference record and a 19-14 overall mark. Hampton returns a wealth of talent, including Krista Kraskura and Bibiany Fonseca.
Joining Waller on the preseason team is Kraskura and Fonseca from Hampton, North Carolina Central’s Christine Anthony and Kalin Russell, and Norfolk State’s Goda Jankauskaite and Noelle Eagles.
Waller, who is the two-time reigning MEAC Volleyball Player of the Year, led the MEAC with 4.91 kills per set during her junior season. The senior ranked among the top ten in the conference in hitting percentage (.255), and kills (381). Waller surpassed the 1,000-kill mark last season, and added 169 digs, 2.19 digs/set and 42 blocks during the 2012 season. She concluded the regular season with eight 20-plus kill performances, including a MEAC season-high 31 kills in a conference win over North Carolina Central.
Defending MEAC tournament champions Maryland Eastern Shore was predicted to finish second after finishing 11-1 in conference play a year ago. UMES garnered 10 first-place votes. Norfolk State was tabbed third, followed by Coppin State, Morgan State, Delaware State and Howard.
North Carolina Central, which had three first-place votes, was predicted to finish second in the south division. South Carolina State is predicted to finish third, followed by Bethune-Cookman, North Carolina A&T and Savannah State.
Conference play begins on September 27 with the defending MEAC tournament champion Maryland Eastern Shore Lady Hawks hosting the Delaware State Lady Hornets. The 2013 MEAC Volleyball Championship will be held November 15-17 at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md.
2013 MEAC Volleyball Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
(First Place Votes In Parenthesis)
|1. Hampton (14)||274|
|2. Maryland Eastern Shore (10)||249|
|3. Norfolk State (2)||218|
|4. Coppin State||177|
|5. Morgan State||154|
|6. Delaware State||130|
|1. Florida A&M (19)||282|
|2. North Carolina Central (3)||225|
|3. South Carolina State (4)||211|
|5. North Carolina A&T||177|
|6. Savannah State||136|
2013 MEAC Volleyball Preseason Team
Preseason Player of the Year: Desire Waller, South Carolina State
|Desire Waller||OH||Sr.||South Carolina State||Houston, Texas|
|Krista Kraskura||OH||Jr.||Hampton||Kuldiga, Latvia|
|Christine Anthony||OH||So.||North Carolina Central||Willemstad, Curacao|
|Goda Jankauskaite||MB||Sr.||Norfolk State||Kaunas, Lithuania|
|Kalin Russell||MB||Sr.||North Carolina Central||Baldwin, N.Y.|
|Bibiany Fonseca||S||Sr.||Hampton||Uberlandia, Brazil|
|Noelle Eagles||L||R-Jr.||Norfolk State||Richmond, Ind.|