Credit: Florida A&M Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, FL (Oct.6) –The FAMU Lady Rattler volleyball team came out dominating the North Carolina A&T Aggies in the first set, winning 25-11. But, then the Aggies came clawing back, forcing the Lady Rattlers to highly contested second and third sets. Lady Rattler outside hitter Yeisha Arcia, wouldn’t have any letdowns though. She would power the Lady Rattlers to 25-20 and 25-22 wins in the subsequent sets to score a shutout of the Aggies at the Al Lawson Center today.
FAMU head coach Tony Trifonov feels the team played well overall, but must not continue to have lapses during games. “We’ve been working at practice to play with high intensity, no matter the opponent, unfortunately our team does not play at that level all the time. We dominated the first set, but expended too much energy in sets two and three. We dropped the intensity in the last two sets, so we’re going to have to work on improving that,” Trifonov said.
Arcia ended the day with 17 kills to lead FAMU. Katherine Huanec and Gina Lopez-Chavez carded 10 kills to round out the trio in double-figures. Lopez-Chavez let the team percentage-wise at .562, while Arcia carded .533. Senior setter Diana Gonzales was her usual consistant self with 37 assists, while Joanie Del Castillo turned in 27 digs for the game.
The win was the fifth straight for the Lady Rattlers, with a sweep of conference opponents over the weekend with their 3-0 shutout of the North Carolina Central Eagles on Friday. The Lady Rattlers move above .500 at 7-6 overall, and 3-0 in the MEAC.
Still, Trifonov wants more from the Lady Rattlers. The lapse in intensity resulted in the team falling behind in both sets two and three. The final set saw 12 ties and nine lead changes. “We’re still very young and have room for improvement, but we’re excited for the players that have enjoyed success this year. We have only two seniors and I expect the team to improve over this season and improve overall over the next few years,” Trifonov concluded.
The Lady Rattlers will return to action on Friday, as they travel to Daytona Beach to take on the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman.