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News: Roane State Volleyball building for second season
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News: Roane State Volleyball building for second season

Roane State’s newest athletics program – women’s volleyball – has yet to play its inaugural match. Nevertheless, head coach Steve Dallman is already laying a foundation toward the program’s second season.

In the last two months, the first-year head coach has inked four standout players to join the Raiders squad for the 2021-22 campaign.

On November 17, a pair of seniors from Cookeville High School – Mattie Arnett and Kat Roberts – agreed to continue their playing careers at Roane State. Most recently, on December 8, the Raiders signed outside hitter Caroline Lemons from Soddy Daisy High School.

In October, the Raiders signed Maddi Boyd from Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tenn. According to Dallman, “Maddi has great jumping ability and had 417 kills this high school season.” He added, “She is very athletic and a hard worker. We can use her anywhere in the front row.”

In Boyd’s last match as a high schooler, she posted 17 kills, 23 digs and one block in a loss to Chattanooga Notre Dame.

In her senior year at Cookeville, Arnett tallied 420 kills, 410 digs and 58 aces. She was named district and region most valuable player and made the all-state tournament team. She was also named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Region team, which represents nine southern States.

Dallman says, “Mattie is a dynamic and explosive player in all aspects of the game. As a 5’11” outside hitter, she will provide immediate power to the outside hitter position as a freshman.” He added, “Fans will enjoy watching her high energy and competitive drive to win.”

Regarding her Cookeville teammate, Roberts, Dallman said, “She is a high energy leader. As a 5’10” setter she has great jump sets and is very good in her setting choices.”

Roberts scored 70 aces, 604 assists and 253 digs during her senior year at Cookeville. She also made all-district and all-region tournament teams and earned several other awards.

Soddy Daisy’s Lemons had 675 career kills and 635 digs as a senior while earning first team all-district honors. She was also selected the team’s most valuable player.

Dallman says Lemons “will have an immediate impact on the team. She is a very smart, heavy-armed player with great passing skills and solid server.”

The Raiders will open competition at 6:30 p.m. on February 2, 2021, with a home match against in-state foe Walters State Community College from Morristown, Tenn.

For the 2020-21 season, the Roane State volleyball team will be playing a truncated schedule with four matches each against TJCAA Eastern Division teams Walters State, Cleveland State and Chattanooga State. District and region tournaments will be played in late March and early April.

The Roane State volleyball program will be initially competing in NJCAA Division II.

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