Monday, June 4, 2007
NASHVILLE---Five additional players will join the Tennessee State University volleyball roster this upcoming season, according to head coach Kathy Roulhac. Incoming freshmen Melissa Silva and Lindsey Roberts, sophomore Kamille King and juniors Sulieti Kaipelea and Amber Still will join four other newcomers for the 2007 season. Melissa Silva, a 5-4 libero was second in the region in total digs and was named defensive player of the year in 2006. A native of Hope, Arkansas, Silva helped her team to a 2006 Area Championship. She is a member and vice president of the National Honor Society and is ranked in the top five percent of her class. Silva plans on majoring in criminal justice. Lindsay Roberts, a 6-0 middle blocker and outside hitter, helped her team to a 2006 State appearance. Her team finished tied for fifth place at the state tournament. She was named the Most Improved Player for three consecutive seasons. A native of Darien, Illinois, she helped her team to a first place finish in the Western Suburban Conference. Roberts plans on majoring in architectural engineering. Kamille King, a 5-7 libero and outside hitter, helped her high school team to a 4A State Championship in 2004. A native of Muncie, Indiana, King was named to the All-East Central Indiana first-team for two consecutive seasons. With a total of 75, she set the record for most digs by a freshman in a season at Western Georgia. King's academic major is undecided. Sulieti Kaipelea, a 6-0, middle blocker led her team in blocks and helped guide her team to a regional appearance. She recorded a total of 210 kills and 100 blocks in 2006 and averaged 1.5 kills per game. A native of Mesa, Arizona, Kaipelea is the daughter of Tevita and Rose Kaipelea and plans on majoring in psychology. Amber Still a, 5-9 outside hitter, averaged 14.0 kills, 3.0 aces, and 11.0 digs per contest at Tennessee Temple University. She was named as the Most Valuable Player as a freshman and sophomore. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Still was also recognized as the best offensive player and selected to the All-Region first team as a sophomore. Still intends on business management as a major.