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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Claflin University made history capturing its first tournament championship with a 3-1 win over defending champions Kentucky State. The Lady Panthers picked up the match with set scores of 25-17, 25-15, 22-25, and 25-15, to complete the 2014 SIAC Volleyball Tournament on Wednesday at the Birmingham Crossplex.

CU (23-12) picked up back-to-back wins against KSU (23-17) jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the final match.Claflin University VolleyballClaflin University
2014 SIAC Volleyball Champions

Tournament MVP, Chelcy Foster, powered the Lady Panthers with 15 kills hitting .419. Caleen Hawkins chipped in 42 assists to earn all-tournament honors.

Defensively, Courtney Person, Kiara Johnson and Caitlyn Marsh led the Lady Panthers combining for 46 digs to control the backline. Person led the floor with 21 digs, Johnson posted 15 with Marsh recording 10.

CU held a 2-1 lead heading into the third set and jumped out to a 10-5 advantage. After the Thorobrettes scored back-to-back with kill from Emily Grieshaber to narrow the gap 10-7, two KSU errors with a kill and service ace from Hawkins, pushed the lead 13-7.

The Lady Panthers outscored KSU 12-8 behind four kills from Foster to post the final scores.

CU hit .216 for the match while KSU connected .120. Grieshaber led the Thorobrettes with 19 kills. Anjelique Kyle guided the offense with 31 assists. Micah Rogers and Kiara Rivera tallied eight digs apiece to lead KSU's defensive efforts.

The Lady Panthers will make their first appearance in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament. CU will face a team to be determined during the NCAA Division Women's Volleyball Selection Show. The stream is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.

TOURNAMENT MVP
Chelcy Foster (Claflin)

SETTER OF THE TOURNAMENT
Caleen Hawkins (Claflin)

LIBERO OF THE TOURNAMENT
Kiara Rivera (Kentucky State)

COACH OF THE TOURNAMENT
Vernell Capers (Claflin)

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Chelcy FOster (Claflin)
Caleen Hawkins (Claflin)
Lydie Wise (Claflin)
Emily Grieshaber (Kentucky State)
Kiara Rivera (Kentucky State)
Sierra Scoggins (Clark Atlanta)
Jacolby Brown (Benedict)

Courtesy: TheSIAC.com

 

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