NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State volleyball team, under the direction of first-year Head Coach Kathy Roulhac, will open its 2004 campaign this weekend at a tournament hosted by the University of Memphis. The Lady Tigers will face off against University of Illinois-Chicago, Delaware State, Alabama A&M and host Memphis.
"I'm feeling really good about the tournament," Roulhac said. "I feel we can win [the tournament] outright or finish in the middle of the pack."
Despite being one of only two teams who have not yet been tested in regular season play, Roulhac is confident in the squad's chances this weekend. "The team is anxious and ready to play. They have been playing strong since the Blue and White [scrimmage game] and I am confident we can pull out some wins."
When asked to size up this weekend's competition, Roulhac shot straight from the hip. "Having played against Delaware State in the MEAC, I know they will be looking to pick up some wins under their new head coach. This will be the first time we will face Alabama A&M this season and I want to change the tide since we lost to them last year. I've never faced Memphis or Illinois-Chicago but they are both strong programs. It won't be easy but the team is ready and I'm ready."
Both UIC and Alabama A&M dropped their season openers to Western Michigan and Alabama, respectively, while Delaware State opened at home with a win over Wagner. Memphis is the only other school that has not begun regular season play. The Lady Tigers will be taking on Delaware State for the first time in program history while trying to even up the series records with the other schools. TSU is 0-1 against UIC and 0-2 against Memphis.
Tennessee State begins play on Friday at 9 a.m. against Illinois-Chicago and return to the court at 3 p.m. to take on host-Memphis.