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2017 Volleyball Season in Review
Monday, November 20, 2017
2017 Volleyball Season in Review


  • Tennessee State volleyball finished the 2017 season 7-23 overall, 3-13 in conference play, finishing 11th in the league.
  • Julia Pierson was named to the OVC Preseason Team.
  • Cherlie Adorno DeJesus earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Hampton Inn and Suites Classic hosted by College of Charleston.
  • Senior setter Samantha Beltran won the title of Most Valuable Player of the first volleyball tournament hosted in Kean Hall the Tiger Invitational, where the Tigers went 3-0 against FIU, Alcorn State and New Orleans.
  • Julia Pierson earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Tiger Invitational. 
  • Rachel Henderson was named OVC Newcomer of the Week after matches against Belmont & Eastern Illinois. (10/2) Henderson recorded 39 kills, 13 blocks and 47 points in eight sets.
  • Maya Evans was named OVC Newcomer of the Week after matches against Jacksonville State & Tennessee Tech. (10/9) Evans recorded 24 kills, six blocks and 27 points in eight sets.
  • Samantha Beltran finished the regular season third in the league averaging 7.87 assists per set and 150th in the nation in total assists.
  • Cherlie Adorno DeJesus became the ninth player in Tiger volleyball history to record 1,000 digs. The Toa Baja, Puerto Rican native finished the regular season second in digs per set in the league averaging 4.54 per set and 91th in the nation. Adorno DeJesus is 54th in the nation in total digs.
  • Curstyn Wilson placed ninth in the conference serving 32 aces on the season, averaging 0.29 per set.
  • Two Tigers had multiple double-doubles thorughout the season. Julia Pierson recorded three while Samantha Beltran had 13. 
  • Cherlie Adorno DeJesus was named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-District First Team.
  • Samantha Beltran was named to the All- Ohio Valley Conference Second Team.
  • After a year with the Tigers, Head Coach Donika Sutton is now 33-54 in her career.
  • Through the regular season, TSU ranked 11th nationally in digs in a 5-set match with 111 against USC Upstate.
  • Leaders:
    • Kills – Henderson – 307
    • Total Attacks – Henderson - 792
    • Hitting Percentage – Roberts - .240 on 250 kills
    • Assists – Beltran – 881
    • Service Aces – Wilson – 32
    • Digs – Adorno DeJesus – 509
    • Solo Blocks – Henderson – 16
    • Block Assists – Henderson – 71
    • Total Assists – Henderson – 87