NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Volleyball head coach Kathy Roulhac has added four players for the upcoming 2014 season. Samantha Beltran, Madison Halterman, Haley Hampton and Marie Hadar have all signed to compete for the Tigers in the fall.
Beltran, a 5’10 setter, comes to Tennessee State after completing her prep career at Streetsville Secondary School for Jim Dinner and Karen Young in Mississauga, Onatrio. The five-sport athlete led Streetsville to a ROPSAA Triple-A Championship in her finals season. In 2011, Beltran earned MVP honors at the Joan of Arc Tournament.
Beltran was a member of the Student Council, the Tiger Leadership Council, and earned Academic Honors every year in secondary school. The incoming freshman played club ball for Peel Selects coached by Ken Jones, Eclipse West Volleyball Club coached by Amanda Vigna, Defensa Volleyball Club coached by Aaron McGregor and Lakeside Volleyball Club coached by Bear Davies.
Halterman will transfer to TSU after spending two years at Iowa Western Community College. The 5’7 libero/defensive specialists earned a spot on the All-Region XI team as a sophomore, helping IWCC to a 7th place finish at Nationals, and a 4th place in her freshman campaign.
As a sophomore, Halterman played in 49 matches, averaging 4.24 digs per set as the Reivers and head coach Alicia Williams finished 44-5. The incoming junior recorded a career high 34 digs versus Miami-Dade (10/25). In her first season, Halterman played in 46 and collected 125 digs, along with four service aces and 11 assists.
The Omaha, Neb. native earned All-State honors in her final two seasons for Jennifer Rhine at Benson High School. Halterman was twice named to the Omaha World Herald’s All Metro team and was selected as the BHS team MVP as a senior. Halterman also competed for the BHS soccer team and was a member of the honor roll.
Halterman played club volleyball with the Omaha Wave for Terry Gamble and the Omaha Premier for Nate Mongan. Halterman guided the Premier to a fifth place finish at the 2011 Junior National Championships.
The incoming junior intends to major in Psychology with future plans to work in human services as a social work.
Hampton completed two seasons for Amber McCray at Panola College where she earned 1st Team All-Conference honors as a sophomore and was an NJCAA All-American Nominee. Hampton spent her freshman season as an outside hitter and transitioned to middle blocker in 2013.
She was second on the team in kills with 2.59 per set and third in blocks with 0.82 per set. She also notched double-digit kills in 13 matches in her final season. During a 5-game loss to top-ranked Blinn at the Regional Tournament, Hampton helped lead the Fillies with 10 kills on 22attempts for a .409 hitting percentage.
Hampton’s accomplishments also extend past the court as she was named to the Region XIV All-Academic Team. She intends to major in Criminal Justice at TSU.
In her first season at PC, Hampton played in 31 matches, averaging 2.3 kills and 0.82 blocks per set, while finishing with a .303 hitting average. Her performance earned her a spot on the All-Conference Honorable Mention squad and the Most Improved Award at Panola.
Hampton prepped at Dr. John Horn HS in Mesquite, Texas where she was a three-sport athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball and track. The 5’9 middle blocker/right side hitter played competitively for Travis Ferguson and the Impact Highline 18’s.
Hadar brings NCAA D-I experience to TSU after spending three seasons at Arkansas State. The Humboldt, Iowa native played in five matches, starting four, before an injury ended her season. Hadar recorded four kills against South Dakota and five blocks against Pittsburgh, while finishing the season with 12 kills, seven blocks, and three digs.
The 6’1 outside hitter played in 23 matches, starting 21, as a sophomore at ASU. Hadar led her squad in blocks per set at 0.78, tied with 11 solo blocks and delivered 175 kills. Hadar collected a career-high 14 kills against Louisiana-Lafayette as she registered a Sun Belt single game best .824 hitting percentage. At the Sun Belt Tournament versus UALR, Hadar matched her career-high kills’ mark of 14. She finished her second year with 59 total blocks, 22 digs and six assists.
As a freshman, Hadar played in four matches, collecting seven kills, one ace and two digs as ASU claimed the Sunbelt West Division title. Academically she was named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
The junior transfer played four years at Humbolt High School for Connie Rasmussen and was named to the All-Conference, All-District and All-State teams. Hadar was a member of the Costa Rican National Team, who claimed the Central American Cup Championship in 2011. She was also played in the World Championships in Japan for Costa Rica.
Hadar played two years with the Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance team, while participating in volleyball, basketball, soccer and softball at HHS. Hadar plans to continue her degree in sports management with the aspirations of attending Law School.
The Tigers open the season on Aug. 29 at the University of Arkansas Tournament.