Lady Vikings win first CIAA volleyball championship
April Emory November 10, 2008
Tournament MVP Eva Johnson tallied 13 kills and 20 digs as the Elizabeth City State
Lady Vikings captured the first volleyball championship in school history, upending
defending champion Fayetteville State University in five sets (25-20, 17-25, 18-25,
25-16, 15-8) Sunday afternoon at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton Virginia.
In addition to securing ECSU's first ever CIAA Volleyball crown, the Lady Vikings
now qualify for the school's first ever post season appearance with an automatic bid
as the conference champions. The playoff field will be announced Sunday November 16th
at 10 p.m. eastern time and will be streamlined live online at www.ncaa.com. Post
season play will begin either November 20-22 or 21-23.
The Lady Vikings (31-9) took the first set of Sunday's competition but two sets later
found themselves trailing 2-1 entering game four. Then with the score 4-3 in favor
of ECSU, a lineup discrepancy paused the match for nearly ten minutes. After that
was cleared up the Lady Vikings took control by reeling off four consecutive points,
seizing the momentum and subsequently the fourth set to force a fifth and deciding
ECSU did not let up in the final set, a set in which at one point they held an 11-4
cushion. The two teams traded the next seven points then with championship point at
14-8 it was appropriate that CIAA Tournament MVP Eva Johnson smashed the match's final
kill on an assist from Ashley Tarasoff. Chelsea Amick, the 2008 Rookie of the Year,
had a team high 14 kills for the Lady Vikings and Stacie West added another 11 kills
of the bench.
In the fifth and deciding set ECSU had 10 kills versus only one error to 5 kills and
4 errors for Fayetteville State (22-14).
2008 CIAA Player of the Year Chekimbrel Jefferson finished the championship with an
astonishing 27 kills while Samantha Meeks added 19 kills for the Lady Broncos (22-14).
Jefferson, Meeks and setter Achari Mainor were all tabbed for the All-Tournament for
FSU. A complete list of the 2008 All-Tournament team is as follows.
2008 CIAA Volleyball All-Tournament Team
Nicolette Campbell, Saint Augustine's College
Itumeleng Shadreck, Bowie State
Ashley Tarasoff, Elizabeth City State
Achari Mainor, Fayetteville State
Chelsea Amick, Elizabeth City State
Samantha Meeks, Fayetteville State
Jasmine McNair, Bowie State
Chekimbrel Jefferson, Fayetteville State
Eva Johnson, Elizabeth City State (2008 Tournament MVP)