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SWAC RELEASES 2013 PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 08/20/2013
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 JSU's Paige Williams was named the SWAC Preseason Player of the Year

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its 2013 SWAC Preseason Volleyball teams with Paige Williams (Jackson State) and Luiza Griz (Alabama State) tabbed with player of the year honors.

Williams was voted SWAC Preseason Volleyball Player of the Year with Griz selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.

The All-SWAC Preseason Volleyball teams and predicted order of finish was voted on by the conference coaches and sport information contacts. Points were compiled on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis for the predicted order of finish while head coaches and sport information contacts were not allowed to vote for his or her team.

 

Five schools posted at least two players on this year's team with Alabama State, Texas Southern, Prairie View A&M, and Alabama A&M producing the most selections with three. ASU registered the most players on the first team landing all three selections. Jackson State's two picks were also named to the first team.  

 

Last season, Williams (MB • 6-1 • Sr. • Arlington, Texas) led the SWAC in blocks with 102 averaging 1.17 per game. She helped JSU lead the league in blocks with 290 overall posting a team average of 2.27. The Lady Tigers captured the East Division title before winning a consecutive tournament title behind 22-match win streak. During the 2012 regular season, she received SWAC Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions en route to All-SWAC First Team and Tournament team honors.  

 

In 2012, Griz (DS • 5-7 • Sr. • Recife, Brazil) was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Year while receiving a first-team selection to All-SWAC Volleyball. She finished third in the SWAC and accounted for more than 25 percent of ASU's digs recording 399 for a 3.2 per game average. She was tagged defensive player of the week twice last year.

 

Griz and Williams join outside hitters Chelsey Scott (Alabama State), Mona Reed (Texas Southern), Rachel Owens (Prairie View A&M), middle blocker Mikayla Rolle (Jackson State), and setter Brooke Beasley (Alabama State) on the All-SWAC First Team.

 

In the predicted order of finish in the Eastern Division, last season’s tournament champion Jackson State garnered 86 points with 15 first-place votes to become the preseason favorite.  Alabama A&M followed with 66 votes with Alabama State (61), Mississippi Valley State (46), and Alcorn State (31) closing out the prediction.

 

Prairie View A&M was tabbed the Western Division preseason winners with 82 points and 12 first-place votes. Texas Southern totaled 78 points and seven first-place votes for second with Arkansas-Pine Bluff (51), Southern (47) and Grambling State (37) closing out the division.

 

 

2013 ALL SWAC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON TEAMS

Player of the Year

Paige Williams – Jackson State

 

First Team

Outside Hitters

Chelsey Scott - Alabama State

Mona Reed – Texas Southern

Rachel Owens – Prairie View A&M

 

Middle Blockers / Middle Hitters

Mikayla Rolle – Jackson State

Paige Williams - Jackson State

 

Setter

Brooke Beasley – Alabama State

 

Libero

Luiza Griz – Alabama State

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Luiza Griz – Alabama State

 

Second Team

Outside Hitters

Robyn Shannon - Texas Southern

Charae Caldwell – Prairie View A&M

Kyanna Sales – Alabama A&M

 

Middle Blockers / Middle Hitters

Leslie Ekpe - Alabama A&M

Veronica Azubuike - Texas Southern   

 

Setter

Ashley Forman - Alabama A&M

 

Libero

Lakeisha Allen – Prairie View A&M

 

2013 Predicted Order of Finish

Eastern Division

Jackson State                       86 (15)

Alabama A&M                     66 (4)

Alabama State                     61 (1)

Mississippi Valley State     46

Alcorn State                         31

 

Western Division

Prairie View A&M               82 (12)

Texas Southern                   78 (7)

Arkansas-Pine Bluff            51

Southern                               47 (1)

Grambling State                 32

 

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