- The Tennessee State volleyball team finished the 2019 season with a 12-17 overall record, including a 5-11 record in Ohio Valley Conference regular season games.
- TSU won two OVC Weekly Awards: Gina Rivera-Ortiz – Defensive Player of the Week (September 16, 2019) and Aniya Williams – Newcomer of the Week (September 16, 2019).
- Senior Julia Pierson helped lead the Tigers offensively this season. Pierson recorded 275 kills, which pushed her past a career milestone of 1,000 kills. She is ending her career with 1,129 kills, 720 digs and 249 total blocks. In Tiger history she is now ranked fourth with 1,129 kills after surpassing Marshall (’95-’97) and Corral (’02-’03), who had 898. Pierson is also now fifth in total blocks after passing Wright (’02-’04), who had 247.
- Sophomore Gina Rivera-Ortiz is ending her 2019 season by smashing through 1,000 career digs, with a total of 1,031 digs. In TSU volleyball history she is now ranked seventh in single season digs, passing Lippi (’06) and is #9 in career records for digs, passing Hathorn (’11-’12). In the Ohio Valley Conference, Rivera-Ortiz finished fourth in Dig Per Set with 4.70.
- Newcomer Aniya Williams ended her first Tiger season with 213 kills and 79 total blocks. Williams is now ranked third in Tiger history for single season hitting percentage with a .327%, passing by Smith (’05) who recorded a .320%. In the Ohio Valley Conference, Williams was earned the #2 spot for hitting percentage, finishing conference season with a .325%.
HEAD COACH DONIKA SUTTON
(Reflecting on the season)
“Looking back on this season, we had so many significant moments. It’s been a journey, but I feel like it’s been a journey well-fought,” … “this year one of our big impact words was adversity. And I feel like not only did this team learn how to adjust to it, but they really just learned how to work around it and grind through it.” … “we have a really great group of kids and this was by far probably the best team I’ve coached overall. They fought hard, they worked hard. It wasn’t always good, it wasn’t always pretty, but you could feel this team and they worked hard to stay together and play together as a family. That's why we didn't ask you from the beginning so I feel like I saw the culture instead of feeling it, you can see it now. You can see it in our players, you can see it in our actions and you’ll definitely be able to see it this Spring as we continue to work, as well as in the Fall”
“We had Julia Pierson breaking the record for 1,000 career kills. We had Gina Rivera-Ortiz breaking 1,000 digs and she’s only a Sophomore, which is amazing to even think about the future for her. Aniya Williams, just coming into this season as a Middle and she had over 200 kills for us. Definitely came in and was an impact player for us...all three of those players were our captains this year.”
(On the freshman)
“One of the huge impacts for us this year was our freshman. We have seven freshmen that came in and I can say probably the best freshman class on court I’ve ever had because they stepped in so many different ways; by the end of the season we had two freshmen on the court at all times and for them to be able to hold themselves together and to play with so much maturity and against so much adversity that's the type of players we're looking for here. I'm definitely excited to see what the future holds for the rest of our team just to know that we had that this year I think it's pretty special.”