Ileanushka Maldonado completed her second season with the Tiger volleyball program. During her senior campaign she played in 30 games as the Libero for TSU. She had 392 total digs, averaging 3.47 per set in 113 sets played. A native of Carolina, Puerto Rico she tied for second on the team in service aces with 25 and registered 88 assists for the year. She posted a season-high 27 digs in four sets at Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 31) and recorded five aces in a match twice, once at Alabama A&M (Sept. 9) and once against William & Mary (Sept. 13) at the Clemson Classic. Ileanushka will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in Human Performance and Sports Science. She shared her TSU Experience with TSUTigers.com.
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: Amazing and unforgettable experience! Coming to TSU was a big step in my life. I grew closer to people that I never thought I was going to be friends with. I learned about life and about myself.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: The good administrative service.
How people care about you.
How the different teams enjoy supporting other sports and the connection between them outside of the court, it’s like a big family.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: Definitely, I will miss my friends and those who made me part of their families.
I will miss being around different people and being part of a different culture
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable volleyball moment at TSU?
A: The first and only time my mom saw me play in my college career.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-volleyball moment at TSU?
A: FCA. Thanks to Lee Brown (“Daddy Brown”) and Donika Sutton I got closer to God.
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
A: Jaime Miles
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: Never give up.
There is time for everything.
College is not about finding yourself; it’s about discovering who you are.
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
A: My most challenging class was Biology.
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: I have a few professors that were my favorite because each one of them made my learning experience, inside and outside of the classroom, a memorable one.
Dr. Jones, Dr. Smith, Ms. Gentry, Ms. Boyd, Coach James Bass, Dr. Hamido
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: Volleyball coaches & my professors.
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: I will continue to play volleyball in a higher level in Puerto Rico. Also, I will join the Air Force and continue with my studies until I finish my Doctorate Degree in Psychology.
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: I will stay in contact through the social networks.
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: I didn’t know how to manage my time. I only had time for schoolwork and volleyball; I didn’t know that was ok to have fun once in a while.
TSUTigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: Connect with people
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
A: I'm going to miss my college life as undergrad. Thanks to everyone who was there for me. I'm going to miss you and I will never forget about you and also, thanks for the administration and fans support.