Tennessee State University volleyball, a versatile team that shows fight and competitiveness every time they hit the court.
Tennessee State University, is a school defined not only by its hardworking students, but also its student athletes. Whether a student or an athlete, both strive to be great. Let’s take a moment to recognize someone who has worked just as hard on the court, as she does in the classroom, senior outside hitter, Naomi Wells. Wells, a Huntsville, AL native, has been playing volleyball at TSU for four years now, and hopes to become the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year, and OVC champ.
Getting a lot of praise from her teammates, Coach Kathy Roulhac too thinks very highly of Wells.
“Naomi’s amazing. She’s probably the best athlete on this campus, and has had a pretty interesting four years here at TSU. Naomi definitely has a good chance of being the best player in the conference, and one of the best players TSU has ever had in volleyball,” said Coach Roulhac.
On October, 24 2014, Wells broke the all- time record for most career kills in a match against Southeastern Missouri State University.
“I am so honored. You know playing a sport sometimes you lose track of why you started, but with coaches like Kathy Roulhac, she will teach you how love is the most important thing when playing, and that you have to see the game as a passion not a duty. She’s the type of person I do it for as well as my TSU family,” said Wells.
As Coach Roulhac explained, there were players who faced injuries, learned new positions, and had to adjust to new teammates. It can be a challenge to gel together and form a chemistry, and have to compete at such a high levels that these girls do week in and week out. Coach Roulhac definitely sees the chemistry in her team this season.
“Oh yea, we have good chemistry. That’s never the problem. Issues we had earlier in the season were more so experience and that we made a lot of mistakes, in the game of volleyball, every point counts. Injuries have limited our ability a little bit to do some of the things that we had planned to do, so we ended up moving people around to new positions. Our team is very versatile, so we try to throw things out, and try to mix things up to see what works. All in all I think even though the record is not really saying how great we are, I think we have a great team and definitely a bright future.”
Wells and the team will travel just minutes away to take on the Belmont University Bruins, Tuesday, November 11 at 6 p.m.