2017 SIAC Volleyball Preview

Written by Thomas Scott

August 23, 2017

The SIAC volleyball season is set to start tomorrow. 

What To Watch For:

Kentucky State- For the past four seasons the Thorobrettes’ have owned the SIAC. In 2016, they won their second straight championship. In fact, Kentucky State has won three of the last four SIAC titles. 

This season, Kentucky State will have to rely on many new faces. The Thorobrettes’ will be replacing eight seniors from their championship roster. Newly hired head coach Katrina English and the Thorobrettes’ will begin their season on September 5th. They have been picked to finish second in the SIAC West Division.

Spring Hill College- On paper, Spring Hill is the biggest threat to Kentucky State’s 3-Peat. Spring Hill has amassed a 54-1 record against SIAC competition over the last three seasons. Last season marked Spring Hill’s final year in the NCAA candidate process. This is an important distinction, because schools in the candidate process are ineligible for post season play.  In 2017, Spring Hill will no longer be in the NCAA candidate process and will be a full member of the NCAA Division II. As full members, Spring Hill will be eligible for postseason play and finally get a chance to compete for a championship.

Sophomore outside hitter, Sarah Senft will be heavily relied upon in Spring Hill’s Championship quest. As a true freshman, Senft was named First Team All-SIAC. Leading into this season, Senft was placed on the  First Team All-SIAC Preseason team.

Players To Watch:

V’Aira Harris, Benedict College –

V’Aira Harris, Benedict College

The 5’6 outside hitter from Benedict College was named the 2017 SIAC Preseason Player of the Year. Harris led the Lady Tigers in kills and had 13 double-doubles last year. Harris will again play a pivotal role for the Lady Tiger who were picked to finish second in the SIAC East Division.

Jordan Wallace, Claflin University-

Jordan Wallace, 📸 Claflin University

Wallace is a dominant defensive player. The 6’2 athletic middle blocker led the SIAC with 96 blocks in route to winning the 2016 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Wallace begins the 2017 season as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Claflin looks to compete with Spring Hill and Kentucky State for the upcoming SIAC crown. This year the Clafin Lady Panthers were picked to win the SIAC East Division.

Preseason Predicted Order of Finish:

East Division

  1. Claflin
  2. Benedict
  3. Clark Atlanta
  4. Albany State
  5. Fort Valley
  6. Paine

West Division

  1. Spring Hill
  2. Kentucky State
  3. Tuskegee
  4. Miles
  5. LeMoyne-Owen
  6. Central State
  7. Lane

For a full list of the SIAC Preseason volleyball awards please visit their website. Follow @BlackBallSports on Twitter for updates this volleyball season.

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