NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Tiger Volleyball head coach Donika Sutton was recently selected to be inducted into the South Carolina State Hall of Fame. During the beginning of her coaching career Sutton's team attended the 2010 MEAC Championship where the team went on to win the championship. Sutton dreamed of becoming a Division I Head Coach but never knew her dreams would entail being inducted into the SC State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Sutton's fondest memory is the win against University Maryland at Eastern Shores in the MEAC semifinals match. "It was the win or go home match, but I never felt like we were going home." Sutton commented. "We went into the tournament with the 2010 MEAC Player of the Year in outside hitter, Jarne Gleaton, 1st Team All-MEAC middle blocker, Shabree Roberson and 1st Team All-MEAC setter, Bria Brimmer. SC State tallied 21 total blocks and earned a hitting percentage of .245 as a team." SC State won the Semi-Final match 25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 27-25 to confirm its seat in the MEAC Championship.
Reflecting on her players during that special match, "The two players that stood out to me were freshmen opposite Desire Waller who added 13 kills, only 3 errors out of 23 attempts and hit for a .435 and topped it off with 7 block assists. While junior middle blocker Tiffane’ Jackson added 9 kills, 0 hitting errors out of 11 attempts, hit at an .818 with 5 block assists and 1 block solo." Said Sutton. "Performances like this could come from any given player on any given night and that is what made this team special. The performance of Jackson and Waller exposed the versatility, power and layers of depth."
While reflecting on her induction into the South Carolina State Hall of Fame, Sutton expressed how appreciative she was for such a remarkable experience, team and coaching staff. "To be inducted on the 10th Anniversary of the MEAC Championship is incredible. I am grateful for my 4 seasons at South Carolina State University and thankful to Head Coach Millicent Van Norden. She tapped me to join her staff and jump started my career in Division I Volleyball. The Fall of 2010 was magical to me as I dreamed of being a Division I Volleyball Coach, but those dreams weren’t big enough to include the Hall of Fame. While I have so much more to learn and give to the sport of Volleyball, it is my hope to continue to leave my mark serving my student-athletes while relentlessly chasing championships. Thank you to the committee at South Carolina State Athletics I am grateful and blessed to be inducted into the SC State Athletics Hall of Fame."