The 2016 Gold Nuggets volleyball team was fairly new when they set out at the beginning of this season. With only three returning players, the Nuggets acquired nine freshmen and three transfer students. Despite its new roster, the players demonstrated their strength when it came down to teamwork, which was evident through their support and encouragement toward one another during games and practice. The Gold Nuggets finished this season 11-1 in conference and 16-16 overall. They wrapped up the season by winning the Gulf Coast Atlantic Conference for the sixth year in a row.
The Gold Nuggets will play in the NAIA National Championship Saturday Nov. 19 in Sioux City, Iowa. Time and team to be announced the week of.
Together the team had a total 1426 kills, 72 of which occurred during a match against Talladega on Nov. 5. On Oct. 13, they had 209 attacks against Dillard while also setting a school record during the game with 118 digs.
In addition, four players on the team were named All GCAC: Julianna Tomasoni, Amanda Perry, Tiffany Phillips and Hasani Salaam. Other than Tomasoni, three of the four are freshmen.
Serving as outside hitter, Tomasoni, the Brazilian powerhouse, dominated the season in attacks, aces and broke the school record in kills per game with 25 kills against Evangel on August 20. She has played 16 matches with 10 or more kills and two matches with 20 or more.Perry, a setter, had 31 digs in a match against Faulkner and had 28 matches with 10 or more digs. Phillips had 12 assist dig double-doubles, and Hasani played 8 matches with 10 or more kills.
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