NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Katora Roberts (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus (Toa Boja, Puerto Rico) signed financial aid agreements to continue their education and volleyball careers at Tennessee State University beginning in the fall, Head Coach Kathy Bullock announced on Wednesday. Both are transferring to TSU from the junior college ranks and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“We did an amazing job of bringing in some quality athletes,” Bullock said. “We’re going to be bigger, faster and stronger, so I’m excited about everybody we have coming in. I feel like we’re going to take the team to the next level.”
Roberts, a 6’1 middle blocker from Winter Haven, Fla., will enter TSU as a junior after playing her freshman season at Hillsborough Community College and her sophomore season at Daytona State College. Helping Daytona State go 19-13 as a sophomore, Roberts registered 217 kills and ranked in the top 15 in the nation among junior college players with 104 blocks. As a freshman at Hillsborough, Roberts recorded 47 kills and 27 blocks.
A 2013 graduate of Winter Haven High School, Roberts was named Polk Player of the Year as a senior. She earned Second Team All-County honors as a sophomore and junior and played club volleyball for Southern Select during high school.
Earning NJCAA Second Team All-America honors as a sophomore, Adorno-DeJesus ranked in the top five in junior college in digs with 797 and top 15 in digs per set with 5.31. The 5’0 libero guided the Lady Hawks to the 2015 Suncoast Conference Championship, the FCSAA State Championship and a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Championships.
As a freshman in 2014, the Toa Boja, Puerto Rico native was third among NJCAA players with 6.95 digs per set and finished eighth in the nation with 806 digs.
Roberts and Adorno-DeJesus join a recruiting class that includes Julia Pierson (Rowlett, Texas), Kylie Hayes (Memphis, Tenn.) and Payten Clark (Baton Rouge, La.), who signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period in November.