Six Hawks Honored by CIAA, Chase Tabbed CIAA Volleyball Player of the Year
CHARLOTTE, NC- The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in conjunction with the Volleyball Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association announced the 2016 All-CIAA First, Second, and All-Rookie Teams on Tuesday afternoon. Chowan University's Suraya Chase headlined this year's list of honorees as the CIAA Player of the Year. Morgan Spencer, Caitlin Turner, and Bailey Zavala join Chase on the All-CIAA First Team while Makayla Castro and Sydney Miller earned All-CIAA Second Team honors.
Chase, a native of Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago ranks first in the CIAA with 357 kills and 1,001 attacks on the season. She has tallied 420 points for the Chowan Blue and White during her senior campaign while notching 255 digs, 37 blocks (nine solo, 28 assisted), and 40 service aces. Chase has been named to the CIAA All-Rookie team and All-CIAA Team twice during her career. She is the third player in program history to earn CIAA Player of the Year honors (2010: Karina Monroe, 2011: Victoria Lewis).
Aurora, Illinois native, Spencer, has recorded 293 kills on the season with 91 digs and 35 blocks (five solo, 35 assisted) as a right-side hitter for the Hawks. Turner, hailing from Como, North Carolina, has handed out 206 assists for the Hawks while notching 134 kills, 51 digs, and 30 blocks (three solo, 27 assisted).
Zavala rounds out the list of All-CIAA First Team honorees. The Las Vegas, Nevada native leads the CIAA with 569 digs (4.91/set) on the year.
Castro earned a spot on the All-CIAA Second Team after recording 238 digs during the regular season with 32 kills, 18 assists, and 35 service aces. Miller rounds out the list of honorees for the Hawks. She has tallied 139 kills for the Chowan Blue and White with 45 blocks (four solo, 41 assisted) and 39 digs.
The Hawks enter the upcoming CIAA Championship with a 21-9 overall record, 14-2 mark in CIAA play, and unblemished 10-0 record in the CIAA Northern Division. Chowan captured their third consecutive divisional crown this season and seventh in program history.
The Hawks open play at the CIAA Championship on Friday. Chowan will square off against the No. 4 seed from the Southern Division, Saint Augustine's University on Friday at 12pm. All matches will take place on the campus of Virginia State University in the Multipurpose Center. The event is free and open to the public.