Holland & Ortiz Named 2018 CIAA Women of the Year
Bri Funte

Charlotte, NC (July 26, 2018) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Senior Woman Administrators (SWA) Association sub-committee have selected the 2018 CIAA Co-Woman of the Year. This year's honorees include volleyball athletes Sydney Holland of Winston-Salem State University Arlicia Ortiz from Fayetteville State University.

Holland and Ortiz will both represent the conference as considerations for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which accepts two honorees if at least one of the student-athletes is a woman of color or international student-athlete.

Holland, a Durham, NC native, was an exercise physiology major and sports medicine minor at Winston-Salem State University. Named to WSSU's Dean's List each of her four years of study, Holland graduated Cum Laude with a 3.14 GPA. She is prominant in her community, spending the past four years as a youth mentor at local elementary schools. Holland has also served as a youth volleyball coach and WSSU Project Give volunteer. In 2017, the outside hitter assisted her team to a CIAA Volleyball Championship title and was named Tournament MVP in addition to earning 2nd Team All-CIAA honors. Similarly in 2015, Holland and the Rams were named CIAA Volleyball Champions and Holland was named to the All-Tournament Team and 1st Team All-Conference. Her freshman season, she earned CIAA Rookie of the Year and 1st Team All-Conference honors.

Ortiz, a psychology major from Spanaway, Washington, has an outstanding record on and off the court. She graduated from Fayetteville State University with a 3.04 GPA, has earned FSU Dean's List recognition, and won first place in the CIAA Coca-Cola Scholarship Essay Contest in 2017. In her community, Ortiz spends time volunteering for non-profits and at hospitals, in addition to mentoring youth through various clinics and camps. Athletically, the libero/utility player was named 1st Team All-CIAA in 2017 and 2nd Team All-CIAA and to the All-Tournament team as she assisted her team to a conference runner-up finish in 2016. Ortiz earned campus-wide recognition as FSU's Volleyball MVP (2017) and Volleyball Defensive MVP (2016). In two seasons with the Broncos, she has amassed 880 total digs (4.31 digs/set).

For more CIAA information, visit the conference's official website at www.theciaa.com or follow the CIAA on Facebook (The CIAA), Twitter (@CIAAForLife), and Instagram (@CIAASports)

NCAA Woman of the Year

From a program-record pool of 581 school nominees, 170 female student-athletes have been nominated by conferences and an independent selection committee for consideration for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The nominees represent college athletes from different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those recognized, 251 nominees competed in Division I, 131 in Division II and 199 in Division III. For the first time, nominees competing in a sport not sponsored by their school's core conference were placed in a separate pool to be considered by a selection committee. Up to two independent nominees could be selected to move forward in the process with the conference nominees.

In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists. The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 28 in Indianapolis. The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991
 
Arlicia Ortiz Selected as a CIAA Co-Woman of the Year Honoree - 07/26/18 03:41 PM

Charlotte, NC (July 26, 2018) - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and its Senior Woman Administrators (SWA) Association sub-committee have selected Fayetteville State University's Arlicia Ortiz as the 2018 CIAA Co-Woman of the Year honoree.

Ortiz, alongside Sydney Holland - a volleyball player from Winston-Salem State University, will represent the conference as considerations for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award; which accepts two honorees if at least one of the student-athletes is a woman of color or international student-athlete.

Ortiz, a psychology major from Spanaway, Washington, has an outstanding record on and off the court. She graduated from Fayetteville State University with a 3.04 GPA, has earned FSU Dean's List recognition, and won first place in the CIAA Coca-Cola Scholarship Essay Contest in 2017. In her community, Ortiz spends time volunteering for non-profits and at hospitals, in addition to mentoring youth through various clinics and camps. Athletically, the libero/utility player was named 1st Team All-CIAA in 2017 and 2nd Team All-CIAA and to the All-Tournament team as she assisted her team to a conference runner-up finish in 2016. Ortiz earned campus-wide recognition as FSU's Volleyball MVP (2017) and Volleyball Defensive MVP (2016). In two seasons with the Broncos, she has amassed 880 total digs (4.31 digs/set).

NCAA Woman of the Year
From a program-record pool of 581 school nominees, 170 female student-athletes have been nominated by conferences and an independent selection committee for consideration for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The nominees represent college athletes from different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those recognized, 251 nominees competed in Division I, 131 in Division II and 199 in Division III. For the first time, nominees competing in a sport not sponsored by their school's core conference were placed in a separate pool to be considered by a selection committee. Up to two independent nominees could be selected to move forward in the process with the conference nominees.

In early September, the Woman of the Year selection committee will name the Top 30 honorees, which include 10 women from each division. At the end of September, the selection committee will select and announce nine finalists, with three from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those finalists. The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated, and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual banquet Oct. 28 in Indianapolis. The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.
 
Bowie State Bulldogs Football Set To Begin Preseason Practice August 8th

Gregory Goings

Bowie State University will begin preseason practice for the 2018 season on Wednesday, August 8th at 3:30 pm on campus in Bulldogs Stadium.


Coach Damon Wilson and his staff will welcome back 45 returning players from last season's (9-2 / 6-1 CIAA) team. The returnees, transfers and incoming freshmen report to campus on Tuesday, August 7th.

Bowie State kicks off the regular season (Thursday, August 30th) on the road at Division I (FCS) Wagner College (Staten Island, N.Y.) at 6 p.m.
 
WSSU’s Holland Named CIAA Co-Woman of the Year

Rams volleyball player caps career with prestigious honor

Trevin Q. Goodwin

CHARLOTTE, NC – After a stellar collegiate career, Winston-Salem State University volleyball player Sydney Holland won one of the highest conference honors when she was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Woman of the Year along with Fayetteville State’s Alicia Ortiz.

“I’m really grateful for this honor,” Holland said. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, great teammates, and the staff at Winston-Salem State University.

The honor caps an historic career for Holland. She began her career by being named the CIAA Rookie of the Year before earning spots on the All-CIAA team three times during her career. She was also a member of a pair of CIAA volleyball championship teams, including the first in school history in 2015 and leading the team in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament. After winning another CIAA championship in 2017, she was also honored as the 2018 Mary Garber Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Statistically, Holland finishes her career as the Winston-Salem State University career leader with 848 digs. She also ranked fourth in career kills (861) and eighth in matches played (121).

She was impactful off the court as well as she made the Dean’s List in all four years of study at on her way to becoming a Cum Laude graduate with a 3.14 GPA. She was also prominent in the community, spending four years as a youth mentor at elementary schools I the area and she also served as a youth volleyball coach and she was a WSSU Project Give volunteer.

With the honor, Holland and Ortiz will both represent the CIAA as considerations for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. For more information on Rams volleyball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.
 
Women's Track Earns Academic All-American Status

7/26/2018 | Women's Track and Field

Jim Juno

We are absolutely delighted to share that the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) named the Virginia Union University Women's Track and Field a 2018 USTFCCCA Academic All-American team. The announcement was made by the USTFCCCA on Thursday, July 26.

Previously the women had already earned the CIAA Women's Team Highest GPA Award for both the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. They collectively maintained a 3.15 GPA, and during the fall semester were instrumental in the contribution of 100 hours of community service to the Richmond metro community by the combined track program.

As stated in the USTFCCCA news release: "In total, 216 teams were honored for their academic performance by the USTFCCCA. Breaking it down further, 132 of those were women's teams compared to 84 men's programs. The highest cumulative GPA of any team belonged to the Cedarville University women who maintained a team GPA of 3.61 under head coach Jeff Bolender. On the men's side, Walsh University took the top spot with a team GPA of 3.47 under head coach Rob Mizicko."

 
NCCU Football: Four-Star RB Oregon Transfer Elliott Returns to Hometown

August 2, 2018

kyle Serbe

Four-Star RB Oregon Transfer Elliott Returns to Hometown

DURHAM, N.C. – Jamal Elliott, a four-star running back out of Hillside High School (Durham, N.C.) who committed to the Oregon Ducks, is among the 93 football student-athletes that reported to North Carolina Central University’s preseason camp on Thursday (Aug. 2).

Elliott was ranked as the No. 12 running back prospect in the nation and the 11th overall player in the state according to 247Sports.com. He graduated from Hillside and attended the University of Oregon in the spring semester before deciding to transfer.

As a junior in 2016, the 5-10, 180-pound running back averaged 8.2 yards per rush and 136.8 ground yards per contest with nine touchdowns in just five games for Hillside. His senior season was shortened due to an injury after just three games, as he finished with 126 rushing yards and a touchdown on 38 carries, along with 13 receptions for 164 yards and two scores, according to HighSchoolOT.com.

The NCCU Eagles, under the direction of first-year head coach Granville Eastman, will hit the field for their first practice of the 2018 campaign on Saturday (Aug. 4).

NCCU opens the season on Sunday, Sept. 2 against Prairie View A&M in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta. The contest will be televised live on ESPN2 at 12 noon.

For more information about NCCU Football, visit NCCUEaglePride.com
 
Howard Track & Field Releases 2018 Cross Country Schedule
 

Director Oliver and the Bison announce six-race slate

DEREK W. BRYANT

WASHINGTON (August 1, 2018) – Howard University Director of Track & Field David Oliver unveiled the program’s 2018 Men’s & Women’s Cross Country schedule, featuring six races from early September to late October. The announcement came Wednesday.

“I am really eager for this year,” Director Oliver stated. “On the women's side, we're led by All-MEAC sophomore Destiny Stanford. We've got a good mix of veteran leadership and young women that will be exciting to see develop. Overall, we’ll definitely improve on our conference position from the 2017 season.”

HU opens its 2018 campaign by hosting the program’s first home meet in over two decades with the Howard University Labor Day Classic (Sept. 1). The event will take place at Kenilworth Park in our Nation’s Capital.

“For us, being able to host a home meet for the first time since the mid-90s is a great step toward getting our program rolling,” said Director Oliver. “That's a testament to the diligent nature of my staff. We had a plan and a vision to get this done. The rest of our schedule is pretty competitive and should put us in a good position as we train and prepare for the MEAC Championships.”

On Sept. 8, Howard goes to New Market, Va. for the James Madison Invitational.

After a week away, the Bison journey to Princess Anne, Md. for the Eastern Shore Invitational (Oct. 22), followed by the Mason Invitational (Oct. 29) in Fairfax, Va.

Howard closes out the regular season with the Gettysburg Invitational (Oct. 13) in Gettysburg, Pa.

On Oct. 27, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) will host the 2018 Men's & Women's Cross Country Championships at the Delaware State University (DSU) Outreach and Research Center in Smyrna, Del. A year ago, Stanford (Woolwhich Township, N.J.) and recent graduate Mohamed Bah (Staten Island, N.Y.) earned spots on the All-MEAC Team after finishing in the top 15.

“We lost one of the best cross country runners Howard has ever seen in Mohamad Bah,” Director Oliver added. “It will be incredibly tough to replace him. Our men’s team consists of eight freshmen and sophomores, so we will be leaning heavily on our lone senior Tariq FuIlerton to provide leadership. I couldn't ask for a better coach than Andrew Murphy to provide the blueprint for our cross country runners.”

Stanford and Fullerton (Kingston, Jamaica), alongside junior Sydney Benson (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and second-year runner Malik Kosanovich (Lawrenceville, Ga.), spearhead this year’s squads.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.

 
Sydow Joins Hawks Volleyball Staff

Evann Carpenter


MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Athletic department and Jackie Buchanan announced the hiring of Andrew Sydow as the assistant volleyball coach.

"I am extremely excited to welcome Andrew [Sydow] to the Chowan Volleyball family," stated Buchanan. "He has great energy and drive that will help us impact the game. He is very passionate about volleyball and can really bring new ideas from his collegiate playing experience."

Andrew comes to Chowan after spending a season as a volunteer assistant at Bowling Green State University. Sydow worked primarily with middle blockers, as his efforts helped the team earn a MAC All-Freshman selection and two MAC defensive Player of the Week selections. The middle blockers performed at the top of the MAC conference with 1.22 blocks per set and improved existing statistics by 50 percent. During his time with Bowling Green, the Falcons were named MAC Regular Season Co-Champions and MAC East Division Co-Champions.

In addition to working at Bowling Green, Sydow gained extensive knowledge working team camps such as: North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State. Sydow was the assistant coach for the Eastern Elite 15U National Team in Goldsboro, N.C.

Sydow was a four-year member of the University of Mount Olive Men's Volleyball program. While at UMO, Andrew was named 2015 Conference Carolinas All-Conference Second Team, on the 2016 Off the Block Middle Blocker of the Year Watch List, selected Off the Block National Offensive Player of the Night. Sydow holds the school record for most blocks in a single match (12)


Off the court, Sydow was a Presidential scholar, chess club historian, member of the UMO Leadership program, and a FCA leader. Andrew graduated from Mount Olive in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Recreation and Leisure with an emphasis in Sport Management and possesses a minor in coaching.

Andrew is an AVCA member and USAV certified coach.