NASHVILLE --- In its third round of signings, Tennessee State volleyball has announced the addition of Amiyah King (Hoover, Ala.), Jasmine Fuqua (Lebanon, Tenn.) and Kariely Santana (Caguas, Puerto Rico) to the 2019 roster.
Head coach Donika Sutton has tallied two outside hitters, two setters, a middle blocker and a right side over the course of the signing period - many athletes playing six-rotations contributing to the depth of Big Blue's defensive power.
Setter/RS | 5-8
Hoover, Ala. | Hoover HS
- Named captain of the Hoover HS volleyball team
- Awarded All State and All Metro during her senior campaign
- Listed as one of the Top 10 players in the state of Alabama
- Named AAU All American
"Amiyah is a 2018 AAU All-American and is one of the top players coming out of Alabama," said Sutton. "She will be coming in as a freshmen setter. This kid is small in statue, but plays a very BIG game! She is quick to the ball, shows great control and distribution of her sets. She leads her team and having a competitive player of her caliber will help to push her teammates each play, set and point. Setters like Amiyah encourage hitters to play with and for her. That is the type of leadership we need. She hates to lose and I love to win, sounds like a perfect match to me. Welcome to Tiger Volleyball,Amiyah."
OH | 5-7
Lebanon, Tenn. Lebanon HS
- Named to the All District and All State Teams
- Awarded All District MVP and All Season MVP
"Jasmine is the 2018 Wilson County Player of the Year," said Sutton. "Coming in as a freshmen outside hitter, this kid can do it all. She will be a solid six-rotation pin hitter who has a proven ability to lead her team to a stellar winning season. She is detailed-oriented and disciplined on defense. Shows a solid display of serve receive focus, a big time communicator and she always finds the kill! Players like her know how to lead and win. This commit is proof that the tide and culture of Tennessee State & Tiger Volleyball is changing for in state recruiting. Welcome to Tiger Volleyball, Jasmine"
OH | 5-10
Caguas, Puerto Rico | Tyler Junior College
- Finished her sophomore season with 211 kills, 193 digs, 39 blocks and 15 service aces
- Helped her team to two NJCAA appearances
- Played club for Guarbo Volley and GVA
- President of her senior class
- Participated in the JROTC Program and received the Leadership Award
"Kariely is the total package as a six-rotation outside hitter. said Sutton. "She brings a wealth of experience coming from Tyler College, where she helped lead her team to the Junior College Nationals during her freshmen and sophomore campaign. Santana will add great height and agility across the net. She will also bring great depth to our defense and serve receive. I expect her to come in ready to go. Leadership is a requirement of our upperclassmen and with her maturity, I will look to her to help guide the team. Welcome to Tiger Volleyball, Kariely."