NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team defeated a team made up of various former Tigers in its first Alumni Game since 2010 at the Gentry Center on Saturday.
The Tigers beat the alumni 3-0. Seniors Taylor Swayzer and Naomi Wells showed the fans on hand what they have to look forward to this season with a myriad of high-flying kills. Sophomores Arijana Anderson and Taylor Patterson also impressed; Anderson with her attacking skill and Patterson with her prowess serving the ball. The team is continuing their development for next Friday at Arkansas.
“It gave us the opportunity to go into competition mode and play someone other than ourselves,” head coach Kathy Roulhac said. “I saw spurts of greatness from Swayzer, Wells, and Anderson. This will just give us a good chance to sit down and scrutinize the tape and see where we can specifically work to improve.”
Based on today’s scrimmage, serving will be a strength this season for TSU. Both Patterson and senior Ileanushka Maldonado racked up a handful of service aces. Patterson, in particular, saw two separate runs of seven unanswered points while she served.
The alumni team had a couple of players from different eras. Kelly Davis, who was on the 2007 conference championship team, played for the alumni as well as Danielle Howell, a Tiger from 2009-2011. Tuamafa Reilly, Erika Godbolt, and Katrelle Armwood joined all-time assist leader Erika Moss, who played her final season at TSU last year, and assistant coach, and former TSU driller, Vicmari Prospero for the game.
The Tigers will continue training camp on Monday with next Friday in mind when TSU will travel to Arkansas for the first regular season game. Before that, however, the Tigers are holding a Meet and Greet on Tuesday evening. Fans can come out, get a poster, and meet the 2014 TSU volleyball team starting at 6:00 p.m.