The student-athletes reported to campus on Friday and will start practice on Saturday.
Experience will be key, as the Tigers look to improve from last season. TSU will return eight letterwinners from the 2009 squad while welcoming four newcomers.
"We had some learning curves to go through in 2009", said head coach Kathy Roulhac. "We feel like we did what we needed in order to establish the chemistry that we would need in order to be successful."
Among the returners are seniors Kamille King, Santia Sanders and Vicmari Prospero.
Playing in the position of libero/ defensive specialist last season, King was second on the team in digs. She was a member of the 2007 OVC Championship team and averaged 3.35 digs that year.
"Kamille was an outside hitter the year we won the championship in 2007. She has now transitioned back to that position and I'm really excited about what she's going to bring to the team this year."
Vicmari Prospero had the best hitting percentage on the team last year and averaged 2.07 kills per set. As a middle blocker, she also led the team in blocks and service aces, while ranking second in the OVC in service aces.
"Last season was Vicmari's first season back from an ACL injury. This season she is much more polished because she has gotten stronger and has gained her jumping ability back."
A junior college transfer from the College of Southern Idaho, Santia Sanders was fourth on the team in kills and points per set. The outside hitter posted double-figure kills five times last season.
"Probably the most improved this year is going to be Santia Sanders. She struggled with injuries and had an up-and-down season last year, but she did some serious training over the summer and has come into the 2010 season on a mission. She already has increased her vertical by three inches. I saw her hit the ball a couple times and was amazed. I told her I can't wait to see her in pre-season training."
Juniors Terakka Walker (outside hitter/ libero) and Shaquita Williams (middle blocker/ outside hitter) are two returning starters who will also be looked upon for leadership.
Walker led the team defensively with over 300 total digs and 3.15 per contest. She was second on the team in service aces, third in kills and fourth in blocks. Williams led the Tigers in total kills and in kills per set last season. She was also second on the team in blocks.
Calasia Williams saw a lot of action as a freshman and turned in a team third best 2.55 digs per contest while Naomi Wells played in 26 games and tallied double-digit kills six times. Danielle Howell, who competed in 33 sets and totaled 22 kills on the season, rounds out the returning class for the Tigers.
"Expectations are very high this year. Our returners have come in extremely ready for 2010 and I'm looking forward to what our freshman can bring."
The Tigers will face-off against former TSU players in the Alumni Match on Aug.28 (12 p.m.) before officially kicking off the season against Western Kentucky on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. Both matches will be in Kean Hall.