Mount Olive, NC - The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association announced the members of the 2019 All-State teams in soccer and volleyball today. Johnson & Wales had players selected from each of it's three fall sport teams for the second consecutive year.
Nominations of deserving players were submitted by the sports information staff at in-state schools, and then voted on by NCCSIA members.
The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA), now in its seventeenth year, is comprised of sports information professionals from each of the three NCAA Divisions, as well as NAIA and independent institutions from across the state. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA, NCCAA, USCAA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, softball and baseball.
Ilijah Washington was named to the Men's Soccer College Division 1st Team. The sophomore defender from Okinawa, Japan added to his postseason awards, as he was also chosen as a USCAA Divison II 1st Team All-American. He led a defense that allowed a national-best 0.75 goals per game, and tallied 7 shutouts in the regular season. He had a goal and an assist in JWU's 2-1 Senior Day win over Christendom, one of two goals he scored during the season.
Women's Soccer boasted two selections. Jaedan Smith became the third Wildcat in program history to earn 1st Team All-State College Division honors. The midfielder from Monroe, NC had a spectacular senior campaign, leading JWU in both goals (15) and points (35) on the season. Smith had three multi-goal games, including a hat trick vs. Bryant & Stratton-Albany. She was named both a USCAA Division II 1st Team All-American and a USCAA All-Academic Team Member. Lana Truese's 2nd Team All-State selection was her second All-State nod in the last three seasons. Truese, a senior midfielder from Herndon, VA led the USCAA in assists (10) during the season, and also added 11 goals as well. She finishes her career as the school's all-time leader in assists (34), and ranks 2nd in both goals (38) and points (110). She was chosen as a USCAA Division II 2nd Team All-American, and also honored as part of the USCAA All-Academic Team.
Toniya Scott capped off her stellar Wildcat volleyball career with College Division 1st Team All-State honors. The middle hitter from Waldorf, MD led JWU in points (333), kills (252), and blocks (107) this season. She ranks second in school history in both points (1320.5) and kills (990), and is the career leader in blocks (376). She followed up a 2018 season where she was named Most Valuable Player of the USCAA National Championships, with 2019 USCAA 1st Team All-American and 2019 USCAA National Championships All-Tournament selections for the national finalist Wildcats.
To read the complete releases for each All-State Team, click on the links below: