Wednesday's college variety roundup: Warhill grad Armstead of Norfolk State named to VaSID first team

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Norfolk State senior outside hitter Charlotte Armstead, a Warhill High graduate, was one of six players named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors’ women's volleyball all-state first team. She leads the Spartans’ all-time charts in kills, attacks, sets played and blocks.

The second team included William and Mary freshman Dessi Koleva, the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, and Hampton sophomore Vendula Strakova.

Softball:

Newport News native Sarah Atkins, a three-time Division II All-Southeast Region player and 2010 All-American for Lenoir-Rhyne, has joined the Christopher Newport coaching staff under Keith Parr.

Atkins, a Warwick High graduate, guided Lenoir-Rhyne to three conference titles and three NCAA regional crowns. She is Lenoir-Rhyne’s all-time leader in home runs (49), RBIs (190), walks (109) and games played (229). ...

Poll:

CNU is ranked eighth and Roanoke sixth in the preseason Division III coaches poll.

Football recruiting:

Old Dominion added three new verbal commitments, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

One came from a North Carolina running back who rushed for 2,405 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior — Malik Moseley, a 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Southern Guilford High in suburban Greensboro. He also had offers from Appalachian State and North Carolina Central, but committed after visiting ODU last weekend.

Eric Hampson, a 6-5, 315-pound offensive tackle from Pinellas Park High in Largo, Fla., picked ODU over Ohio, Albany and Elon and plans to redshirt in 2013, the Pilot reported.

John Gallagher, rated the fifth-best kicker in New Jersey by the Newark Star-Ledger, will walk on and compete for a scholarship after rejecting scholarship offers from Georgia Southern and Maine.

Men’s gymnastics:

William and Mary’s Landon Funiciello was named the College Gymnastics Association Collegiate Division National Gymnast of the Week for the second time.

 Helping the then-No. 12 Tribe defeat Navy, Funiciello won on the rings (15.25) and parallel bars (14.45) and was third in floor exercise (14.3). He ranks third nationally on rings (15.33) and 18th on parallel bars (14.45).

Baseball:

CNU first baseman-designated hitter Christopher McDougal and right-handed pitchers Ryan Fleischmann and Austin Chrismon, a transfer from East Carolina, were named as “Players to Watch” by D-III coaches in a recent edition of Collegiate Baseball.

Indoor track and field:

The CNU women’s team passed Emory for No. 1 in the latest regional ranking, while the Captains’ men remained at No. 1.

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