November 19, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Bears prepare for Union in Opening Round of NAIA National
The Shawnee State volleyball team will face a tough
competitor as the Bears host Union College in the Opening
Round of the NAIA National Tournament. The Opening Round
match will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6:00 p.m. in
the Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium on the Shawnee State
Shawnee State University won the American Mideast Conference
with a perfect 12-0 record to receive the school's second
overall and second consecutive bid. The Bears finished the
regular season with their best record in school history at a
mark of 30-3 on the season.
Union College will make their first-ever appearance in the
NAIA National Tournament as they finished the regular season
with an overall record of 29-4 and won both the Appalachian
Athletic Conference regular season title and the AAC
The Bears are led by floor general and American Mideast
Conference Setter of the Year junior Haley Halcomb. Halcomb
ranks eighth in the NAIA as she averages 11.1 assists per
At the net, the Bears bring a balanced attack. Junior First
Team AMC honoree and outside hitter Heather Koehler leads
the Bears in kills as she averaged 3.7, while junior Second
Team AMC honoree Jami Turrill averages 2.7 kills per game in
the middle. Freshman outside hitter Kim Rosen (Honorable
Mention All-AMC) is a persistent attacker as she averages
2.6 kills per game and ranks eighth in the NAIA with a
hitting percentage of 39 percent. Other players to watch
include senior outside hitter Megan Wills, who earned
honorable mention All-AMC recognition and junior outside
hitter Chelsea Howard.
Defensively, the Bears have a solid back line and rank first
in the NAIA as they average over 22 digs per game. The Bears
are led by defensive specialist and Second Team honoree
Tiffany Dailey. Dailey is ranked 26th in the NAIA with 645
total digs on the season. Freshman Jessica Winkleman,
Turrill and Howard will assist Dailey in the back row.
The Bulldogs of Union College will provide stiff competition
for the Bears. They are lead by the Appalachian Athletic
Conference Setter of the Year junior Monica Moreland.
Moreland averages 10.2 assists per game and ranks 25th in
Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by outside hitter Brooke
Vinovich and Autumn Combs in the middle. The two averaged
2.4 and 2.2 kills per game and earned First Team recognition
in the AAC. Others to watch at the net include Amanda
Cantrell and freshman Chelsea Kirshman.
The Bulldogs also bring a solid back row defense. They are
led by AAC Libero of the Year junior Amanda Silva. Silva
ranks 23rd in the NAIA with 5.5 digs per game.
“This is a great experience for Shawnee State University,
our program, and our community,” says Shawnee State Head
Volleyball Coach Kristy Kamer. “Our program has come a long
way and our ladies have worked hard. They deserve this
The 30th NAIA Volleyball National Championship has the top
11 teams receiving opening round byes, while the next 24
teams will play in the opening round matches on November 21.
All matches will be played at on-campus sites.
The winners of the NAIA National Championship Opening Rounds
matches will advance with the teams that received
first-round byes to the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in
Sioux City, Iowa, location of the NAIA National Championship
presented by Siouxland Sports Medicine Foundation Dec. 1- 5.
The final 24 teams will be placed into six pools and will
play a round robin pool play Dec. 1-3, with the top two
teams from each pool advancing to the single elimination
bracket starting Dec. 4. The championship match will take
place at 8 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 5. Final site pool assignment
and schedule will be announced by Nov. 22 before 6 p.m.