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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southeastern Conference women's basketball coaches have picked Texas A&M as the favorite to win the league title and voted Aggies guard Chennedy Carter as preseason player of the year.

The coaches differed from the media votes, which has South Carolina as the SEC favorite in their preseason poll.

In the coaches' poll, Texas A&M was followed in order by South Carolina, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Mississippi and Florida.

The coaches preseason all-conference team includes Carter, Mississippi State's Jordan Danberry, Tennessee's Rennia Davis, Arkansas' Chelsea Dungee, South Carolina's Tysasha Harris, Kentucky's Rhyne Howard, LSU's Anaya Mitchell and Missouri's Amber Smith.

The coaches' second-team preseason all-conference selections include Auburn's Daisa Alexander and Unique Thompson, Mississippi State's Chloe Bibby, Georgia's Gaby Connally, Vanderbilt's Mariella Fasoula, South Carolina's Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, Texas A&M's Ciera Johnson and Kayla Wells and Alabama's Cierra Johnson.

Jones and Drayton honored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Claflin University volleyball player Jada Jones was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week while teammate Taylor Drayton was named Rookie of the Week.

This is Jones’ first weekly honor of the season while Drayton picked up her second Rookie of the Week and third weekly honor of the season (she was also named the Offensive Player of the Week).

Jones (5-5, defensive specialist, Richmond, Texas), tallied 18 digs on defense while also contributing four assists and a service ace for the Panthers in two matches. Her best match came against Converse, where she recorded 11 digs and three assists, helping Claflin to a 1-1 record for the week.

Drayton (5-9, outside hitter, Rock Hill), totaled 17 kills,18 digs, three blocks, and a service ace in Claflin's two matches, finishing with 20.5 total points for the week. Her best match came in the Panthers' 3-0 win against Livingstone where she recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs along with a .385 hitting percentage and scoring 12.5 points.

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Duncan earns All-MEAC honors

SMYRNA, Del. — South Carolina State men’s cross country team finished sixth out of 11 teams, while the women placed 10th in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country championship Saturday.

Sophomore Tyler Duncan earned All-MEAC honors, finishing 15th with a time of 27:02.72 out of 78 runners participating. Others finishing strong were freshman Trey Felton (31st) with a time of 28:43.60 and sophomore Marquis Lynch (37th) with a time of 29:18.42.

Norfolk State edged N.C. A&T State by placing four runners in top five to claim the 2019 MEAC Men’s Cross-Country Championship.

On the women's side, Norfolk State also captured the women’s title, claiming their first championship since 2009 and their second overall.

Purple sweeps series

CLEMSON -- Purple rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Orange 4-3 and sweep the Orange & Purple World Series on Sunday afternoon at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The series featured three seven-inning contests and marked the end of the fall practice season.

Newman gets SoCon honor

SPARTANBURG – Wofford quarterback Joe Newman repeated as Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Newman ran for 66 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 134 yards in the Terriers’ 35-34 overtime win over Chattanooga.

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