NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State volleyball hosted its annual Alumni Match Saturday afternoon in the Gentry Center. The match signals the end of fall camp for the program, and with a 3-0 run (25-17, 25-16, 25-19) the team continued its streak of beating the alumni during the preseason match.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- JUCO transfer JoJo Kruize brought the heat at the service line helping the Tigers with five-point runs in two of the three sets.
- Fellow Hawaii-native Laken Te’o facilitated the offense, scoring the winning point with a dump to the middle of the floor in set one.
- Returners Rachel Henderson and Julia Pierson, both Texans and both six-rotation middle blockers, took on leadership roles at the net and in the back row, posting multiple kills and strong blocks to stop the alumni offense.
- Kylie Hayes and Gina Rivera Ortiz locked down the backcourt digging up each and every attack the power hitters on the alumni squad served.
The alumni team consisted of Catherine Armwood, all-time leader in digs (1,691), Assistant Coach Vicmari Prospero, the all-time leader in hitting percentage (.266), Christian Lowe, ranked top 10 in kills, attacks, block assists, total blocks and hitting percentage, Taylor Patterson, ranked eleventh in career digs (930), sixth in aces (92), and the most recent graduate, Alexis Johnson.