2012-2013 Season Outlook
September 19, 2012Fisk University
VOLLEYBALL (2012 schedule)
In her third year as volleyball head coach, Sarah Grams has been working to create a competitive, high energy team with an array of talented players. Freshmen Jade Rhone (Port Huron, MI) and McKenzie Rodriguez (Houston, TX) will quarterback the offense from the setting position, while third year veteran E’Tasha Keeton (Fort Worth, TX) will run defense from the back court as our libero.
“I am very excited about the skill and depth our freshmen add to the experience and leadership of our veteran players. Our goal is to win the GCAC conference and advance into the NAIA tournament,” said Grams.
MacKenzie Milon (Merrillville, IN), Allyson Andrews (Houston, TX), Jaichelle White (Nashville, TN) and Jamill Grant (Birmingham, AL) will provide depth along the pins with veterans Jazmine Green (Orlando, FL) and Chantel Gaines (Franklin, TN). Defensive specialists Tigist Hale (Clinton, UT) and Kaira Dawkin-Freight (Houston, TX) join Keeton in the back row. The middle position has gained strength with the addition of Mele Halalilo (Ontario, CA) and Jamese Grant (Birmingham, AL) along side of sophomore Lynetta Waters (Nashville, TN).
MEN’S BASKETBALL (2012-2013 schedule)
The Bulldogs are returning four starters and have brought in three JUCO transfers and one NCAA Division II transfer.
Head Coach Derek Watkins believes the added depth will be seen immediately.
Returning starters include Brad Grayson, Cameron Lewis, and All-Conference Player Darrell Miller who had a great first run with the Bulldogs last season. Other lettermen returning include Myles Carroll, Pernell Secrest, and Rashard Williams.
“Two of our transfers will play immediately and the others are expected to gain major minutes,” he said. Returning starters include Brad Grayson, Cameron Lewis, and All-Conference Player Darrell Miller who had a great first run with the Bulldogs last season. Other lettermen returning include Myles Carroll, Pernell Secrest, and Rashard Williams.
Top impact recruits include:
Jacob Pope, 6’4, Junior, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH.
Brandon Mungo, 6’5, Senior, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.
DeCari Nunn, 6’5, Junior, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI.
Jalen Smith, 6’6, Freshman, Pershing High, Detroit, MI.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (2012-2013 schedule)
With new Head Coach John McGraw and a fresh roster of players, the Lady Bulldogs are optimistically prepping for a new season.
“Our expectations are growing this season. We have a strong new roster and hope to compete with the better teams in the Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference,” said McGraw. Returning players are junior Nacori Foreman and senior Raona Stowers.
Top impact recruits include:
Janine Davis, 5'6, Junior, Siena College, Jamaica, NY.
Sommer Griffin, 5'6, Sophomore, Richard A. Daley Community College, Chicago, IL.
Keona Green, 5'7, Freshman, Morgan Park HS, Chicago, IL.
Rashida Ademosu, 5'8, Freshman, Overton HS, Nashville, TN.
Ataya Horn, 5'9, Freshman, Nazareth Academy, Queens, NY.
Jasmine Rucker, 5'9, Freshman, Cane Ridge HS, Nashville, TN.
Megan Kay, 5'9, Freshman, Home Schooled, Hendersonville, TN.
Danielle Palmer, 6'3, Freshman, Antioch HS, Antioch, TN.
Simone Charles, 5'5 Freshman, Bishop Loughlin, Queens, NY.
Natalie Gilbert, 5'10, Freshman, Cane Ridge HS, Nashville, TN
Arkela-Marie Jones-Ware, 5'6, Freshman, Memphis, TN.
Kiyana Carter, 5'9, Freshman, Bronx, NY.