|August 29, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
- 14||Kills||Nakeyta Clair
- 34||Assists||Aubrey Edie
- 4||Aces||Kathryn Cather
HALTERMAN - 11
- 7||Blocks||Nakeyta Clair
Kathryn Cather - 4
|August 29, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee State volleyball team will swap out the practice uniforms for game uniforms this weekend, as the team opens up their season at the Magnolia Invitational in Oxford, Miss.
The Tigers will face the Demons of Northwestern State University on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and will then play Ole Miss and Oral Roberts on Saturday. The game against the Rebels will be at 12:00 p.m. with the Golden Eagles game following at 4:30 p.m.
TSU begins the year with high hopes and great expectations of what they can accomplish. The Tigers return eight for the 2015 season, including senior Haley Hampton, who averaged 2.44 kills and 0.54 block per set last year, and junior Arijana Anderson, who was named to the preseason All- Ohio Valley Conference team last year and the OVC All-Newcomer team her freshman year.
The front line will be strong this season with Hampton and Anderson joined by sophomores Samantha Beltran, Carla Grayson, transfer junior Chloe Watson and freshmen Ayanna Chase and Zahria Graham. The coaches have been very high on Watson, Chase and Graham, lauding their athletic ability and competitiveness. Chase, Graham and Watson will add height and blocking ability to the front line as well as strong attacking ability.
Defensively, the Tigers return senior Madison Halterman and junior Taylor Patterson, who will bring experience to the back line.
ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE
Northwestern State won the Southland Conference Tournament Championship in 2014 to earn the league's automatic NCAA bid, finishing the season 16-17. The Lady Demons are led by preseason second-team All-Southland Conference selection Caiti O'Connell, who averaged 2.21 kills per set last year as an outside hitter. Senior middle blocker Glynna Johnson, another preseason second-team All-Southland selection, already owns the school's career block assist record (324) and owns the top two single-season marks in the same category, including 137 a season ago.
SCOUTING OLE MISS
Ole Miss is coming off of a 22-10 season, finishing 8-10 in conference play which earned them a seventh place finish in the SEC. T he Rebels are led by senior middle blocker, Nakeyta Clair, who set a single-season record with 366 kills last season for Ole Miss. A pair of juniors, Melanie Crow and Aubrey Edie, will also help Ole Miss. Crow set an Ole Miss single-season record for service aces (42) while Edie set a single-season mark for assists with 1,322.
THE SCOOP ON ORAL ROBERTS
Oral Roberts was picked to finish fourth in the Summit League this season. The Golden Eagles posted a 15-15 record last year. They return six starters, including sophomore outside hitter Laura Milos, who averaged 4.37 kills per set in 2014. ORU also returns both middles and its setter.