CHARLOTTE, NC (August 24, 2022) – The Claflin University Lady Panthers volleyball was picked to finish fifth overall in the 2022 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Preseason Predicted Order of Finish.  After shocking the conference with their terrific performance last season, the Lady Panthers won’t sneak up on anyone this season after being predicted to finish fifth overall and second in the CIAA Southern Division.

The Lady Panthers earned the fifth-place prediction after a terrific 2021 season. The team finished the season with a 15-10 overall record with an 11-5 record in CIAA play. After being picked to finish eighth in the preseason, the Lady Panthers finished the season ranked fifth overall and second in the CIAA Southern Division. After finishing the regular season ranked fifth overall, the Lady Panthers upset the fourth-seeded Virginia State Trojans to advance to the semifinal round of the 2021 CIAA Volleyball Championship Tournament.

The Lady Panthers will open the 2022 season, Thursday, September 1st when the team heads to Rock hill, South Carolina to take on the Clinton College Golden Bears. The team will open home court, Tuesday, September 6th when the team hosts the Columbia College Koalas.

Fans that want to see a sneak peek of the Lady Panthers, come out to Tullis Arena, Saturday morning when the Lady Panthers host a three-set tri-match featuring Allen and Benedict. The Lady Panthers will take the court at 11:00 a.m. against Allen and the team will return to the court against Benedict at 3:00 p.m.

For more information on Lady Panthers volleyball, contact the Claflin University Office of Athletics Media Relations at (803) 535-5548 or log on to www.athletics.claflin.edu.

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