NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State volleyball coach Kathy Roulhac has wrapped up her recruiting for the upcoming season with a class that has the mentor elated about her prospects for the 2005 season.
Roulhac has added nine new players to the roster. The signees include six junior college transfers, two four-year transfers, and one high school senior.
"It is the best recruiting class that I have ever had in my career," said the Lady Tigers coach, who is set for her second year at TSU and her 12th overall as a collegiate head coach. "I would say that it is the most talented class to come to TSU. We think we have the best recruiting class in the OVC this year."
The incoming junior college players are Meesha Jackson, a 6-4 middle blocker from Dryfork, Va., and Northwest Shoals (Ala.) CC, Endia Oliver, a 6-3 middle blocker/outside hitter from Milwaukee, Wis., and Arizona Western JC, LaTarra Moore, a 6-0 middle blocker from Arlington, Texas and Garden City (Kan.) CC, Kara Kiefer, a 5-11 outside hitter from Hauser Lake, Idaho and North Idaho CC, Tiana Maua, a 5-10 setter from Spokane, Wa., and North Idaho CC, and Erika Godbolt, a 5-10 outside hitter and right side player from Omaha, Ne., and Hutchinson CC.
The four-year transfers are 5-8 outside hitter Whitney Chatman from Davenport, Ia., and Bowie State and 6-2 middle blocker/right side Kelley Smith from Michigan City, Ind., and Chattanooga. The lone high school signee is 5-6 libero Megan McKinney from Fort Wayne, Ind. and Snider High School.
Jackson was a highly-recruited player at Northwest Shoals, choosing TSU over programs from the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference. She excels on both the offensive and defensive side. Jackson helped lead Northwest Shoals to a national ranking and earned team MVP honors.
Oliver is regarded as an all-around performer with her height of 6-3. She was a team leader at Arizona Western and is regarded as an outstanding blocker.
Moore brings experience along with quickness and power to the Lady Tiger program. She is expected to compete for playing time at middle blocker.
Kiefer brings a wealth of experience and ability. The outside hitter is also a solid ball handler. She helped lead North Idaho to a national NJCAA ranking.
Maua is the second player from the nationally-ranked North Idaho program. Roulhac says that she expects Maua to be the most talented setter in the OVC. Maua displays accuracy and aggressiveness at the setter position.
Godbolt is counted upon to be a versatile player in the program. She helped Hutchinson to a third place finish in the national tournament. Along with her versatility, Godbolt brings much-needed ball control ability.
Chatman has two years of collegiate experience. Chatman will sit out the upcoming season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Smith will have two years of play with the Lady Tigers after beginning her career at Chattanooga. She brings needed height as well as another offensive threat to the attack.
McKinney has outstanding quickness and will add depth to the libero slot. She is expected to compete for a starting job in her first collegiate season.
The 2005 squad will report to campus in August for practice. The season begins Sept. 2-3 in the University of Louisville's Tournament.
Meesha Jackson 6-4 MB Jr. Dryfork, Va. (Northwest Shoals CC)
Endia Oliver 6-3 MB/OH Jr. Milwaukee, Wis. (Arizona Western JC)
Kelley Smith 6-2 MB/RS Jr. Michigan City, Ind. (Chattanooga)
LaTarra Moore 6-0 MB Jr. Arlington, Texas (Garden City CC)
Kara Kiefer 5-11 OH Jr. Hauser Lake, Idaho (North Idaho CC)
Tiana Maua 5-10 S Jr. Spokane, Wash. (North Idaho CC)
Erika Godbolt 5-10 OH/RS/S Jr. Omaha, Neb. Hutchinson CC)
Whitney Chatman 5-8 OH/DS Jr. Davenport, Iowa (Bowie State)
Megan McKinney 5-6 L/DS Fr. Fort Wayne, Ind. (Snider HS)