COBRA Magazine, whose purpose is to celebrate the success of volleyball players of African as well as Samoan and Tongan descent, in hopes of encouraging young girls of those ethnic groups across the country to pursue the sport, named Moss to their All-South Region team, while Williams received an Honorable Mention nod.
Williams, who undoubtedly had her best year as a Tiger, garnered the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year award. The Huntsville, Ala. native became the first Tennessee State volleyball player to win the award since it first came into existence in 1985.
She led TSU the entire year offensively as she registered 3.80 kills per set, with a .308 hitting percentage, while ranking in the top five in school history for service aces, career kills, blocks, and total blocks. She led the OVC and ranks fifth in the NCAA in service aces. She also led the league in points per set while ranking 30th nationally.
Moss, the Fort Wayne, Ind. native also played a huge part in the Tigers' success this season. She tallied 40-plus assists 17 times on the season, while earning second place in the OVC with 10.48 assists per set. Moss also notched 88 kills this season with a .249 hitting percentage. During the season, she moved into second place on TSU's all-time career set assists list.
Both Moss and Williams' play led the Tigers to an overall record of 18-10 while posting a 13-7 record in conference play, while earning the second seed in the OVC tournament.
(Erika Moss above)
(Shaquita Williams above)