Oct. 28, 2009

ELIZABETH CITY, NC- The Elizabeth City State University volleyball team will celebrate "Senior Night" Thursday evening at the RL Vaughan Center.

Prior to 6:00pm game against Lincoln University (Pa.), ECSU will pause to celebrate three All-CIAA performers Jennifer Hendy, Ashley Tarasoff and Eva Johnson, who will be playing in their final game at the RL Vaughan Center.

Jennifer Hendy transferred to ECSU from Columbia College in 2008 and immediately made her presence felt as a right side hitter. She was named to the 2008 All-CIAA First Team, was an automatic selection for the 2009 Pre-Season All-CIAA Volleyball squad and helped steer the Lady Vikings to the 2008 CIAA Tournament crown.

Ashley Tarasoff began her career at ECSU in 2006 making an impact as that season's Rookie of the Year. Since then the setter, who hails from Castlegar, British Columbia, has become the Lady Vikings all-time leader in assists and service aces. For her career she has tallied 2,163 assists and 254 service aces, setting a personal best with 88 aces in 2008. Tarasoff was named First Team All-CIAA last season as well as the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Team.

Like Tarasoff, Eva Johnson came to ECSU as a freshman in 2006 and in subsequent years has become the best all-around volleyball player to wear a Lady Viking uniform. She was named to the 2006 All-Rookie Team and is a two-time All-CIAA First Team performer as an outside hitter. He current holds the school career records for kills (1,222), total attacks (3,238) and digs (1,292). In addition to being named to the AVCA All-Region team in 2008 she was named to the 2007 CIAA All-Tournament Team and was the 2008 Tournament MVP when the Lady Vikings captured the school's first ever CIAA Volleyball Championship.

The three seniors also led the Lady Vikings to the best record in school history in 2008 (31-10) as well as the school's first berth in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Lady Vikings have won the CIAA Eastern Division three consecutive seasons.

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