Five Things To Know Before Volleyball Camp
NASHVILLE --- Fall training camp starts Tuesday and with it comes many changes for the Tennessee State volleyball team.
Here are five things to know:
- Donika Sutton was named the seventh head coach for Tennessee State volleyball this January, after serving as the assistant coach for the past three seasons. Under Sutton, the Tigers went 43-41, and she is now looking to lead the team to another winning season.
- With heavy hitters like All-OVC Honoree Chloe Watson lost to graduation, only three starters are returning – Samantha Beltran, Katora Roberts and Julia Pierson. Libero Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus is also a returner who ranks third in single-season digs (523) for Tennessee State.
- Six newcomers are looking to fill the remaining starting spots. Freshman middle blocker Maureen Nwozo is a Nashville native from Overton High School. Middle blocker Maya and setter Megan Evans are triplets. Their brother Maxwell Evans plays basketball at Vanderbilt. Libero Mine Cetinoz played community college at Hutchinson for two years. Freshman Sydney Swann is a utility player from South Carolina, and Rachel Henderson is a Texan middle blocker looking to compete for a starting position.
- The Tigers start their season on the road at the Hampton Inn and Suites Classic in Charleston, S.C. in three weeks. The team will take on all new opponents, Denver, USC Upstate and College of Charleston, in the two-day tournament starting Aug. 25.
- This year’s home opener will be against Sutton’s alma mater, Alcorn State in the Tiger Invitational at Kean Hall Sept. 1-2. In addition to Alcorn State, New Orleans and Florida International will play in the two-day tournament. In the all-time series, TSU is 2-0 against Alcorn State, 0-4 against New Orleans and has never faced Florida International.