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Volleyball Camp Report: Day 1
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Volleyball Camp Report: Day 1


NASHVILLE --- Head Coach Donika Sutton and the Tennessee State volleyball team kicked off fall camp today at Kean Hall. The Tigers are looking to build on last year’s 17-16 overall season with seven returners and six newcomers.

Today begins preparation for their Aug. 25 season opener against Denver at the Hampton Inn and Suites Classic at the College of Charleston, which kicks off a 30-match regular season.


  • Head Coach Donika Sutton begins her first season at the helm of the Tigers volleyball team.
  • Sutton is the seventh head coach in Tennessee State history.
  • Starters Katora Roberts, Samantha Beltran, and libero Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus return for their final season as Tigers.

Senior libero, Cherlie Adorno-DeJesus

-On the first day of practice:

“I saw a lot of good things. The coaches were happy about our work. There was a lot of effort and energy. Overall, I think we came in with the right mentality as a team.”

-On the newcomers:

“They are willing to grow and give their effort. Today, they gave that extra mile, which is very important for the program and the team.”

-On being with the team again:

“I’m happy and excited. It’s my last year, so there are a lot of emotions going through my head, but for now I want to focus on my team, myself so that we grow both on and off the court.”

Senior setter, Samantha Beltran

-On being with the team again:

“I’ve been waiting for this all summer. It’s been going really well. Today, we did a lot of things we didn’t think we could, and did them really well.”

On setting the tone for the rest of the season:

“Every practice we have to grow and push even harder. I think we set the tone, and as long as we stay on this path we will be very successful this season.”