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S.C. State in MEAC volleyball tourney

NORFOLK, Va. — Howard and North Carolina A&T State earned the top seeds in the Northern and Southern Divisions for this weekend’s 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Volleyball Championships at Howard University in Washington, D.C., beginning Friday.

Morgan State went 10-5 in league play to claim the Northern Division’s No. 2 seed, and Coppin State will be the No. 3 seed after going 8-7 in MEAC action.

Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State tied for fourth in the division, but the Hawks claimed the No. 4 seed by virtue of winning both regular-season matches against the Hornets.

Delaware State and Norfolk State (2-13) did not qualify for the championship.

North Carolina A&T State, which fell in last year’s title match to Howard, went 13-1 in conference play this season, claiming the Southern Division’s No. 1 seed. North Carolina Central went 7-7 in MEAC play and will be the division’s No. 2 seed.

Bethune-Cookman, at 5-9 in league play, will be the Southern Division’s No. 3 seed. South Carolina State will make its first tournament appearance since 2015, claiming the division’s No. 4 seed with Florida A&M being ineligible for the conference title and postseason play.

Only the top four teams in each division are eligible to compete in the single-match elimination tournament.

MEAC honors SCSU's Taylor

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk State redshirt senior Chanette Hicks and Delaware State junior Sharajah Collins were selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week.

Among top performers is S.C. State's Taylor Brown, who had 24 points against UNC Wilmington.

Etienne ACC Back of Week

CLEMSON — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that running back Travis Etienne was named ACC Running Back of the Week for his performance in Clemson’s 52-3 win against Wake Forest on Saturday.

With the selection, Clemson has now collected a total of 473 ACC weekly honors since 1978. Clemson has earned a total of 16 weekly honors from the ACC this season.

Charlton is Ray Guy semifinalist

University of South Carolina senior punter Joseph Charlton is one of 10 punters named to the semifinal list for the 2019 Ray Guy Award. The semifinalists were chosen from a field of 78 nominated candidates.

Charlton, a 6-5, 190-pounder from Columbia, ranks fourth in the nation with a 48.0-yard average and leads all Division I punters with 25 punts of 50-plus yards. He has placed 27 punts inside the 20 with just five touchbacks.

Clemson O-line is semifinalist

The Joe Moore Award Voting Committee announced that Clemson's offensive line has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award, presented annually to the nation's top offensive line.

Staley signs transfer guard

COLUMBIA-- South Carolina head women's basketball coach Dawn Staley announced that Eniya Russell (pronounced ih-NYE-uh) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play for the Gamecocks. The Baltimore, Md., native will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2020-21 academic year.

A 6-foot guard, Russell is rated No. 43 in the Class of 2020 by espnW. Playing for Institute of Notre Dame the last two seasons, she earned All-Metro honors from the Baltimore Sun both seasons, including first-team honors in 2018-19.

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