By Florida A&M Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 30) – The Florida A&M Volleyball team remains unbeaten in conference play as the Lady Rattlers defeated South Carolina State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-15), here Sunday evening at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (4-8, 2-0 MEAC) had a pair of Lady Rattlers to finish in double-digit kills as Yeisha Arcia finished with a match-high 16 kills, followed by Pamela Barrera with 10. Diana Gonzales led the Lady Rattlers in assists with 25, while Karol Marquez led the team in digs with 10.
FAMU Head coach Tony Trifonov feels the Lady Rattlers are getting on the right track with two MEAC wins this weekend. Trifonov said, “Hopefully we’re gaining some confidence after losing eight consecutive non-conference games to start the season. We always play a tough schedule to start the season. Hopefully this will allow us some momentum as we go into the heart of the conference schedule.”
SCSU (4-8, 1-1) was led by Desire Waller with 13 kills, while Maya Bell finished with six. Melanie Williams led the Lady Bulldogs in assists with 21, while Elizabeth Webb led the SCSU in digs with 13.
FAMU jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first set capped off by a kill by Arcia. The Lady Rattlers would then increase their lead to 18-10 on a Lady Bulldog attack error, capping an 8-5 run by FAMU. FAMU would then close out the set with a 7-3 run for the 25-13 win.
In the second set, SCSU would cut FAMU’s lead to 12-10 on a Lady Rattler attack error. Then the Lady Rattlers would use a 7-4 run to take a 19-14 lead, capped off by an SCSU service error. SCSU would pull within four as they made the score 21-17 on a bad set by FAMU, but that would the closest that the Lady Bulldogs would get as the Lady Rattlers went on to win the second set 25-19.
FAMU would jump to a 10-6 lead to begin the third set on a kill by Andrea Soriano. SCSU would then score two quick scores to cut FAMU’s lead to 11-9 on a kill by Waller.
The Lady Rattlers would then go on a 14-6 run to win the third set and match 25-15 for the win.
“At this point, we’re comfortable where we are. We didn’t use (Maria) Ceccarelli as much today, so there is some adjusting we must do. She offers leadership as a senior, so we’ve got to get her in the mix. Yeisha is gaining confidence. She is getting used to the speed of college volleyball and getting used tot he setter. So far, she’s been successfull and getting the job done,” Trifonov added.
FAMU will return to action on Friday, Oct. 5 as they will travel to Durham, N.C., to take on North Carolina Central in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest with the first serve slated for 7 p.m.