Michaela Powell Selected To All SIAC Send Team
ATLANTA, Georgia – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (S-I-A-C) has named Central State sophomore Michaela Powell to the All-Conference Volleyball Second Team.
“I am proud and humbled to be selected to the All-SIAC Team,” Powell said. “It is gratifying to see my hard work being recognized by the conference.”
Transferring to Central State, Powell was CSU ‘s best offensive player. Powell led the team with 284 kills and 326 total points. She was second on the team in blocks (29) and digs (241). Powell also recorded 23 service aces on the season.
“Michaela is a leader. Her drive and discipline are among her biggest strengths that propelled her to have a successful season,” CSU head coach Danielle Benson-Robinson says. “We expect Michaela and the entire team to take tremendous strides as we move forward into next season.”
Powell is the first Central State volleyball player to earn All-SIAC recognition. The Lady Marauders showed improvement in Coach Benson-Robinson’s first season. Powell discussed her mindset for next season.
“I want to be a more consistent player and help our team earn a spot in the SIAC Tournament next year,” Powell says. “Our goal is to elevate the program to a higher level.”
The All-SIAC Team is selected based on voting from the conference’s coaches and sports information directors.
1st Team Selection
2nd Team Selection
Jasmine Davis, LOC
Michaela Powell, CSU
Adrionna Washington, BC
Diara Lewis, CU
Chelona Holmes, ASU
Aza Rae Underwood, LC
Tayler Phillips, LOC
Arlandria Greathouse, KSU
Kia Thomas, CAU
Brittanni Phillips, ASU
Naporsha Gilliam, LOC
Majda Cisic, BC
Kamiaha Yancy, LOC
Jahkisma Soto, ASU
Overall Player of the Year (MVP): Kia Thomas, CAU
Offensive Player of the Year: Aza Rae Underwood, LC
Defensive Player of the Year: Naporsha Gilliam, LOC
Setter of the Year: Kamiaha Yancy, LOC
Newcomer of the Year: Jasmine Davis, LOC
Coach of the Year: Reginald Morris, LOC
TK Gilbert Newcomer of the Week in S-I-A-C
ATLANTA, Georgia – Central State guard Takyra Gilbert has been named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (S-I-A-C) Newcomer of the Week.
A transfer from Cincinnati State Community College, Gilbert has proved to be one a premier scorer throughout the first two weeks of the season. Gilbert led Central State to a 2-1 record last week while averaging 17.6 points, 4.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She was the top scorer in two games including a team-high 18 points in CSU’s 73-66 loss to Cedarville. She added 16 points and five assists to help CSU pull out an 82-77 victory over Winston-Salem State before tallying a team best 19 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead her team over Saint Augustine’s, 88-73.
Gilbert is the first CSU player to consecutively earn SIAC Newcomer of the Week honors since the school joined the SIAC in 2015.
Gilbert is second on the team in scoring (16.4 pgg) and steals (2.1 spg).
The Lady Marauders begin conference play on Saturday when they host Albany State at 1 pm.