Friday, July 25, 2003
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State has added two more standouts from Tennessee to its softball program, one coming from junior college and another from the high school ranks, Tiger head coach Joyce Maudie has announced. Hollie Sanders from Columbia Academy and Jillyen Layne from Chattanooga State Community College are the latest additions to the team. Sanders is a catcher while Layne catches and also plays in the infield. Sanders was a four-time All-District 12-A player at Columbia Academy and was the 12-A Player of the Year once during her career. She was the team's MVP three years. She also holds the honor of hitting the first ever home run at the CA field. ?Hollie is a solid athlete and we are pleased that she will be attending TSU to continue her academic and athletic development,? said Maudie. ?She is great young competitor and will likely make a major contribution to TSU softball in her freshman year and well into the future.? Layne played high school softball at Sequatchie County in Dunlap before attending Chattanooga State. At Sequatchie High, she was a three-time all-district player and was MVP her senior season. She won her school's Grade Point Average honor four straight years. ?Jillyen had a stellar career at Sequatchie County High, followed by an impressive two years at a competitive JC program at Chattanooga State,? Maudie said. ?We are fortunate that she will continue her softball future in a TSU uniform. Jillyen adds much needed offensive and defensive depth to our roster.? At Chattanooga State, Layne was a member of two Region VII championship and team ranked as high as 16th nationally in the National Junior College Athletic Association. She was named to the All-Region VII Tournament each season. In 2003, Layne hit .302. and led the team in stolen bases with 16 and was second on the team with 17 doubles.