ATLANTA -- Claflin University junior Jordan Wallace has been named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Volleyball Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. She was also named to the Preseason First Team. The preseason honors, which were announced Tuesday by the league office, were voted on by the head volleyball coaches and sports information directors.
Senior Ashleigh Green was named to the Preseason Second Team while the Lady Panthers, who are the reigning SIAC Eastern Division Champions, were picked to win the SIAC Eastern Division for the third season in a row.
Wallace, the 2016 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference in blocks (96) averaging 1.02 per set. The 6-2 middle blocker from Charlotte, N.C. tallied 182 kills and was third in the conference in hitting percentage (.301). She finished with five or more blocks on 10 occasions and recorded 64 blocks (1.10/set) in conference matches. Wallace finished with a season-high 18 kills against Benedict last season.
Claflin will open its season on Friday, Sept. 1, when they travel to Raleigh, N.C., to take on Shaw University. The Lady Panthers will then face North Greenville (Sept. 6), Fayetteville State (Sept. 11), UNC-Pembroke (Sept. 12) and USC-Aiken (Sept. 16) before opening Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) play at the 2017 SIAC Crossover in Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 21-23.
Claflin will host North Greenville on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in its 2017 home opener.
All Lady Panthers' home matches will be played at Tullis Arena inside the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center on the campus of Claflin University. All matches are free of charge and open to the public.