Nashville --- With the volleyball season quickly approaching head coach Kathy Roulhac sat down to discuss her expectations for the 2011 campaign, preseason All-OVC selection Shaquita Williams, the team's strengths and the upcoming schedule.
Roulhac is entering her eighth season as the head coach of the Tigers. She led Tennessee State to an Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship and was named the OVC coach of the year in 2005. A few years later, she guided TSU to the program's first OVC tournament championship and NCAA tournament berth.
Last season, TSU finished with an overall record of 9-18 and a 7-11 conference mark (t-7th place.) The Tigers averaged 11.86 kills, 1.75 blocks and 14.86 digs per set. TSU finished the season with a .173 attack percentage.
2011 Preseason All-OVC selection Shaquita Williams, one of two seniors on the roster, was the offensive leader for TSU last season as she averaged 2.74 kills per set while hitting a team second-best .226. She also led the team and ranked fifth in the OVC in service aces.
She was named OVC Offensive Player of the Week in November and was later selected to the 2010 OVC volleyball team for her efforts. The 6-0 middle blocker/outside hitter recorded five or more blocks in seven matches last season and finished top ten in the OVC with 365 total points. She scored 20-plus points in five matches with a season-high 32 against Tennessee Tech (10/29/10).
After missing the first part of the season with a foot injury, Erika Moss, hit the court and made an immediate impact for Tigers. She recorded a team best 952 assists while ranking fourth in the OVC. She was named to the 2010 All-OVC Newcomer team after averaging 9.4 assists and 2.37 digs per set.
Senior Terakka Walker along with juniors Calasia Williams and Danielle Howell will also return to the court for the Tigers. Walker spent some time at the setter position while Erika Moss sat out last season. She tallied 199 digs while tallying 2.19 per set.
Calasia Williams will bring experience to the Libero position. The defensive specialist played in 27 matches and finished the season second on the team in digs with 309. She posted double-digit digs in 15 matches and turned in a season-high 23 against Southeast Missouri State.
Howell played in 26 matches for the Tigers. She totaled 111 kills and a hitting percentage of .206. The 5-9, Middle Blocker/ Outside Hitter recorded a season-best .667 hitting percentage against Western Kentucky.
Naomi Wells also returns to the court after red-shirting last season. She had a strong finish to her freshman campaign as she averaged 1.77 kills per set over 26 matches.
The Tigers will welcome six newcomers to the squad for the 2011 season: Juniors Ashley Hamilton, Britani Hathorn and Rebecca Moudree along with freshmen Rachel Ambroch, Sherryce Butler and Jaime Cooper.
Tennessee State will begin camp on Wednesday, Aug. 10 before officially kicking-off the regular season at the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson University (Aug. 26).
The Tigers will host SIU Edwardsville in the first home game of the season on Friday, Sept. 23. Match time is slated for 7 p.m. in Kean Hall.