FAYETTEVILLE, NC- The battle for the 2014 CIAA Volleyball Championship ended in decisive fashion on Sunday afternoon. The Chowan University Hawks topped the Fayetteville State University Lady Broncos 3-0 to earn their third CIAA Volleyball Championship in program history.
The Hawks used 27 team kills and took advantage of 34 Lady Bronco errors to earn the victory. Melanie Chaussee led all players in the contest with eight kills in the win whileSuraya Chase chipped in seven kills and nine digs. Jordan Miller and Allison Smith each tallied 10 digs in the contest while Smith also dished out 24 assists. Chase and Brittany Tschida each recorded five blocks for the Blue and White.
Samira Luis paced the Lady Broncos with seven kills while Shavon Shaw added six kills to aid the effort. Leah Mackley handed out 13 assists while Decausha McLean hauled in 23 digs for Fayetteville State. Luis added 18 digs in the loss. Jayde Jacobs notched four blocks.
Fayetteville State University scored the first point in the contest after taking advantage of a Hawk attack error. A kill by Brittany Tschida for the Hawks knotted the score 1-1. From that point forward, the score was tied four times before back-to-back attack errors put the Hawks ahead 13-11. Chowan maintained the advantage for the remainder of the first set and led by as many as eight (21-13) points before a Lady Broncos' attack error secured the 25-16 victory for the Hawks.
Fayetteville State took an early 2-0 lead in the second set before a kill by Chaussee and a Lady Bronco attack error knotted the score 2-2. Both teams battled for control of the score and momentum as neither team maintained a lead of more than four points early in the set. With the Hawks leading 12-8, a kill by Suraya Chase followed by a block (Chase, Tschida) gave the Hawks a 14-8 lead. Fayetteville State was unable to regain the lead but chipped away at the deficit before suffering a 25-22 loss in set two.
The Hawks came out firing on all cylinders at the start of the third set. Three Fayetteville State errors along with kills from Chaussee and Miller put Chowan ahead 5-1 early. The Hawks led by as many as eight points (15-7)before the Lady Broncos clawed their way back to pull within four points (15-11). Chowan continued to battle past what seemed to be a shift in momentum, and held the Lady Broncos to four points before closing out the set with the 25-15 victory. Miller confirmed the win for Chowan with a kill.
Miller earned CIAA Tournament MVP honors after notching 37 kills over the course of three matches.
The Hawks blanked all three of their opponents to earn the victory. Chowan advances to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Championship with the win. The Selection Show airs at 10:00pm EST on www.thencaa.com
Members of the CIAA All-Tournament Team include:
Jordan Miller (Chowan University)
Nikira Fults (Chowan University)
Rosetta Becerra (Elizabeth City State University)
Samira Luis (Fayetteville State University)
Taylor Norris (Fayetteville State University)
Olivia Porter (Saint Augustine's University)
Deidre Carter (Virginia State University)
Kristin Madison (Virginia Union University)
Olivia Owens (Winston-Salem State University)
TOURNAMENT MVP: Jordan Miller (Chowan University)