by Florida A&M Sports Information
By FAMU Sports Information Intern Deke Olagbegi
TALLAHASSEE,Fla. (Jan.27) – The FAMU Lady Rattler Women’s tennis team played their second match of the season this weekend. While facing the University of Central Florida in Orlando, they were unable to pull off a win. Although they are 0-2 on the season each match has garnered improvements as well as more experience.
Head Coach Rochelle “Nikki” Goldthreate has a fairly young team this season with four freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and one senior. She says the team is learning and improving with every match they approach.
“The consistency has gotten better between the points, and things that can be improved on are closing the points when up in the game and becoming more consistent,” says Goldthreate.
All singles matches were lost in straight sets to the Knights, as well as doubles. Junior Shani Williams picked up the most games by losing at No. 5, (6-2, 7-5) and Stephanie Miller following her with a score of (6-2, 6-2) playing No. 7 singles. The rest of the team’s scores were not quite as successful.
The Lady Rattlers have had two tough opponents for the start of their season, but are steadily readying themselves and not discouraged by their competition.
“We have a lot to look forward to, there is nothing but improvements that can be made from here,” says sophomore Stephanie Miller.
Goldthreate is looking for more consistency and more returns in play. These strategies are a part of the structured program that Coach Goldthreate is teaching the Lady Rattlers. She looks for the team to adapt more to that style of play as the season goes on.
Their next match will be against Alabama State at 1:00 p.m. in Tallahassee, FL February 8th.