Over the past 15 years the Tennessee State women’s volleyball team has produced some of the top players in program history. The 2019 campaign saw the end of the career for another TSU great, as Julia Pierson completed her four years in blue.
During this era, the Tigers delivered 31 of the programs 38 All-Ohio Valley Conference selections. This group includes 2011 OVC Player of the Year Shaquita Williams and 2015 OVC Defensive Player of the Year Madison Halterman. These players are littered throughout the TSU record books and had to make way for Pierson, who was a 2018 All-OVC First Team honoree.
The Rowlett, Texas product leaves TSU with her name in the top 10 in five separate career categories. Pierson finished with 1,129 kills, highlighted by a personal best 364 as a junior, to rank fourth with the Big Blue. The total was two shy of Williams’ (2008-11) tally of 1,131.
Naomi Wells (2009, 12-14) set the TSU standard with 1,275 kills and was followed by Kelly Davis (2004-07) 1,237.
Pierson finished third in attacks with 3,363, trailing only Wells and Davis. The recent graduate also ranked ninth with a hitting percentage of .196.
The outside hitter/middle blocker also produced defensively, finishing fifth in block assists (224), as well as total blocks (249).
Pierson, a two-time member of the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, graduated in December with a degree in Psychology.