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Pierre's One Speed: Hard

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By Dan Ryan

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - †Freshman Delicia Pierre has only one speed, according to Bethune-Cookman Head Volleyball Coach Isaac Raphael.

"She only seems to go hard," Raphael said at Sunday's team picture/media day. "She's loud, she's has a lot of energy and she's going to be exciting to watch."

Pierre's one of four Caribbean additions to the Lady 'Cats roster and, at 6-2, brings the much-needed height B-CU lacked last season.

And in two weeks of practice, Pierre's play has been good enough that Rapahel's willing to declare the freshman "the next big thing."

"Delicia is one heck of an athlete," Raphael said. "She's a powerful attacker and is going to be a tremendous complement to Krysta Gardner and Janeen Davis.† We'll get working on the finesse aspect of her game as we progress, but she can be that good."

Flattering words that left Pierre honored.

"Coach has told me what he expects of me and I try to live to his standards and what the University expects of me," Pierre said. "This is a tremendous opportunity."

Pierre played for the Trinidad and Tobago Junior National squad that was a four-time Carribean champion and appreciates the level of play Division I offers her.

"I'm still learning the college game and Coach Raphael's a different coach then I'm used to," Pierre said. "I'll get it. I've improved a lot. I'm naturally powerful, but I'm pushing myself to get even stronger."

As far as adjusting to life in the United States, there's no culture shock.

"I've travelled across the U.S. visiting family," Pierre said. "The biggest thing has been away from family and friends for this long."

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