Volleyball team loses, but breaks records this season

The Lady Magicians’ volleyball team went to the SIAC Championship for the first time in LeMoyne Owen College history. Hopes were high, but they fell short in the final game versus Kentucky State. They went to five sets, but Kentucky won the fifth and final set. They went into overtime, but the Lady Magicians just couldn’t pull through.

“There weren’t really many team errors, but I would say that we could have talked more on the court,” said sophomore Tayler Phillips, who won preseason, regular season, and tournament all-conference team.

The volleyball team broke many school records this season. They had number one seeding in the conference, going into the tournament. They also were the runners up of the whole conference. Both of these are firsts for LeMoyne-Owen.

The Magicians’ brought home numerous awards and accolades. Naporsha Gilliam earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor. The 5’6″ sophomore from North Little Rock, Ark. recorded 347 digs this season while adding 43 assists, 26 service aces, and 16 kills.

Jasmine Davis was tabbed Newcomer of the Year. Davis led the Magicians in kills (262) and averaged 2.73 kills per game which was fifth in the conference. The 5’8″ sophomore from East St. Louis, Ill. has recorded 187 digs, 13 blocks, and 10 service aces.

Kamiaha Yancy, a 5’7” sophomore from North Little Rock, Ark. was named Setter of the Year. Yancy recorded 629 assists this season, averaging 7.77 assists per game which places her fourth in the conference. The sophomore finished the season with 52 kills, 15 blocks, and 11 service aces.

LeMoyne-Owens’s Reginald Morris was named Coach of the Year. Morris, now entering his third year as head volleyball coach, led the Lady Magicians to a 20-9 overall record for the 2017-2018 and 14-4 conference record. LeMoyne-Owen led the all-conference teams with four selections, joining Naporsha Gilliam, Jasmine Davis, Tayler Phillips, and Kamiaha Yancy.