Beyond the Court: Tiyana Hallums
Nov. 8, 2017

"This school, as a whole, has impacted me and influenced me in so many ways. Physically, mentally, spiritually, I feel so much stronger than I did as a freshman."

It's simple; just mention Gonzaga and junior Tiyana Hallums' face lights up. Despite the freshmen struggles of being away from home a couple years ago, and the shock of moving from Hawaii to Washington, Hallums has quickly come to love the city of Spokane and the community of Gonzaga University.

Going back to when she started playing, Hallums says that she was the one person you wouldn't believe would receive offers from colleges to play volleyball.

"Literally left bench was my position in middle school," Hallums jokes.

But here she is, part of the Gonzaga community and a big part of Gonzaga volleyball. And anyone on the team can attest to the role she plays on and off the court.

Hallums has been asked to do it all for the Zags this year: pass, receive, hit, and lead.

"You know when she is on the court and you know when she's not," assistant coach Ashley Allen said, referring to Hallums energy and effort.

Hallums has been on the court more often than not, especially recently. After taking over as libero - thus playing nearly every rotation in the back row - against UC Riverside, Sept. 16, she sparked a seven-match win streak and Gonzaga's first-ever 6-0 start to West Coast Conference play.

Passing isn't the only thing that Hallums has been asked to do. She began the season as part of the hitting line, and she resumed that role briefly at San Francisco to spark a two-set comeback victory to continue that streak. She was also asked to mentor younger players, and she excelled in that as well.

"She's a firecracker...and probably one of my favorite players I have played with in my career."

More importantly, she was asked to become a team captain at the beginning of this season. Being a team captain for the Zags requires your teammates to first put your name forward. After the interview process, it was clear that Hallums deserved to be an official leader of this team.

Teammate, roommate, and friend Faith Smith is already feeling the future bittersweetness of senior year, even though both are only juniors. As their junior season comes to a close, Smith already knows that Hallums is one of those players - friends, rather - whom she won't forget.

As for Tiyana? It won't be easy to leave Gonzaga or the community around it. She of course has hopes and dreams for her future as a Gonzaga University alumna, but she also wants to give back to the Gonzaga community. Maybe even as a coach.



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