Friday, April 18, 2014

Chowan's Natalya Kamenshchikova and Natalia Andrade Lead CIAA All Conference Women's Tennis Team


(photo from Chowan University website)

With 23 wins this year, Chowan's Natalya Kamenshchikova has been named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's Women's Tennis Player of the Year. for 2014.

Kamenshchikova, a junior from Novosibirsk, Russia, was 12-1 in CIAA play and won 21 overall in the number one singles position for Chowan.

She leads the CIAA Women's All-Conference tennis squad which has four of her teammates on the team.

Her teammate, freshman Natalia Andrade, was named CIAA Rookie of the Year.  Andrade, from Boctucatu, Brazil, was 10-0 in conference singles play this year and was 12-0 in doubles play in 2014 with teammate and fellow All-CIAA performer Breanne Johnson.  Other Chowan players on the All Conference team are Jessica DeBackre and Holly Stambaugh.

Three Shaw Bears - juniors Claudia Silva and Gislaine Farias, along with senior Jessica Medina - are also on the team.  Rounding out the All Conference team are Victoria Ogundipe and Khadija Battle from Johnson C. Smith, Livingstone's Shondra Redfern and Brittany Uzell from Virginia State.

Winston-Salem State Outfielder Ray Crawford Leads All-CIAA Baseball Picks

(picture from Winston-Salem State)

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named their 2014 All-Conference baseball team, which is led by Player of the Year Ray Crawford, a big-hitting outfielder from Winston-Salem State. 

Crawford, a junior, led the conference with 60 runs batted in, dinged five home runs and had the CIAA's second-best batting average at .389.  He  also led the conference in hits in 2014.

Joining Crawford on the CIAA first team is Virginia State pitcher Colton Gunn.  Gunn was nearly unbeatable this season, going 10-1 with a 3.56 ERA.  He was second in the CIAA in strikeouts with   73 over 73 innings, and had six complete games.

St. Augustine pitcher Bryan Rivera, who also had ten wins and led the CIAA in strikeouts with 76, also made the first team.  Joining them were Virginia State freshman catcher David Markins; Chowan DH Ryan Moore; Chowan's utility player, Tyler Burden; St. Augustine's first baseman William Thomas; Winston-Salem State second baseman Rafael Gonzalez; Virginia State third baseman Joshua Markins; Virginia State shortstop Nicholas Christopher; and outfielders Crawford, Leland Clemmons, and Gavin Culler, all from Winston-Salem State. 

Chowan's Tanner Woods, a third baseman who hit .310 with 14 doubles among his 40 hits this season, was named the CIAA's Rookie of the Year.

To see the rest of the All-Conference CIAA baseball team, go to