Volleyball Inks Six in Spring Signing Period
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Nashville --- The 2007 OVC volleyball champions will welcome six spring signees to the program for next season.


Yamari Padilla-Collazo, Nicolette Jens, Vicmari Prospero, Shawna Ruiz, Heather Sanders and Shaquita Williams have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play volleyball for Tennessee State University.


“I feel like this is the best recruiting class we’ve had since I’ve been here,” commented head coach Kathy Roulhac. “We have a lot depth, experience and quickness.” With this group we have the total package.”


Yamari Padilla-Collazo recorded 1,577 total assists at Hillsborough Community College. The 5-6 setter from Bayamon, Puerto Rico ranked third in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in assists with 12.71 per game.


“Mari has exactly what we look for in our setters here at TSU,” said Roulhac. “She has athletic ability, intelligence and is a fierce competitor. She will be a force and I’m looking for her to make an immediate impact in our continued success.”


A 6-0 native of Lebec, California, Nicolette Jens helped her team to an Elite 8 appearance. The middle blocker/opposite side hitter was selected to the All-WSC second team and led the WSC in hitting percentage.


“Nicolette will bring much needed depth in all three positions across the frontline. I’m looking for her to compete for a starting role this season.”


San Juan, Puerto Rico native, Vicmari Prospero averaged 3.63 kills and 2.25 digs per game at Colby Community College in 2007. The 6-0 middle blocker was also selected to the MPV Cable One Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team.


“Vicmari or Ashley as I call her will make an immediate on the OVC. She is a tremendous offensive player and her jumping ability, power and quickness should elevate her above the rest. I’m expecting greatness from the native of Puerto Rico.”


Shawna Ruiz, a 5-10 outside hitter from Chino Valley, Arizona, totaled 96 aces and ranked 20th in the NJCAA in aces per game (0.773) at Garden City Community College. She recorded a total of 372 kills and ranked 22nd in the NJACC in kills per game with 4.04.


“Shawna will be looked upon as a terminator on the outside. She has great ball control and defense. She will be expected to make an immediate impact on this season’s team.”


A native of Sun Valley, California, Heather Sanders averaged 11 assists per game at College of the Canyons. She ranked in the Top 15 in California in assists and helped her team to a CCCAA Elite 8 appearance.


“Heather brings much needed depth and experience to this recruiting class. She will be looked at for leadership and experience.”


Shaquita Williams, a 6-0 middle blocker/outside hitter, helped lead Huntsville High School to three consecutive state championships. She was named the Best Offensive Player in 2007 in addition to playing on the North All Star Volleyball team.


“Shaquita has the ability to be the best middle in the OVC. She has an amazing athletic ability, power and quickness and is a tremendous offensive player that will be looked at as a go to player. I expect her to compete for Freshman Player of the Year”


In addition to the newcomers, the Lady Tigers will return three players from last year’s squad, Kamille King, Christian Lowe and Candace Saleaumua.


“We know what we need in order to do well in the OVC and I feel like we brought in the players we need to win a championship 2008.”


The Lady Tigers will kick off the 2008 season on Friday, August 29 at the Purdue University Tournament.