NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State University volleyball team defeated the team made up of former Tiger players in the annual Alumni Game in the Gentry Center on Saturday.
The Tigers beat the alumni team 3-1 and showed the fans in attendance what they can look forward to this year. Senior Haley Hampton and junior Arijana Anderson put on a show for fans with numerous high-flying kills, while newcomers Ayanna Chase and Chloe Watson also impressed; Chase with her blocking and hitting skills on the front line and Watson with her attacking skills.
The team plans to use the win over the alumni as momentum into next week’s practices, where they will continue to prepare for their season opener on Friday against Northwestern State.
“We definitely have a lot of room to grow,” said head coach Kathy Bullock. “We had some great attacking on the outside as well as the middle. Defensively, we looked pretty good but we still have things that we will need to continue to work on."
Based on the today’s scrimmage, the strength of the team will be the front line. Anderson, Hampton, Watson, and Chase racked up a handful of kills and blocks throughout the match.
The alumni team had a great turnout this year, as 11 former players came out to participate in today’s game. Assistant coach and former TSU driller, Vicmari Prospero, all-time assist leader Erika Moss and 2005 champion Katrella Armwood were just a few of the alumni who came out to play.
The Tigers will hold a meet and greet for Big Blue fans this upcoming Tuesday before the team heads to Oxford, Miss. for the Magnolia Invitational on Thursday. The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Floyd Payne campus center. Fans can come out, get a poster, and meet the 2015 TSU volleyball team.