The Florida A&M University Lady Rattlers softball team aspires to have another successful season after dominating the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season.
The Lady Rattlers have an abundance of youthful talent with six sophomores returning to the championship team. The underclassmen must learn quickly, as the team will be without senior shortstop Kiefi Myrick for the season with a knee injury she sustained last fall.
Assistant coach Lori Goodart feels that the team still has a great chance at repeating as MEAC champions even with the absence of Myrick.
“I think it’s going to be a little bit of a challenge,” Goodart said. “She did get injured during the fall so that gave us some time to play and adjust without her…[Kiefi] is a talented athlete it will be hard to replace her no matter what.”
Senior shortstop Alyssa Weaver is looking to fill the leadership role for the young Lady Rattlers squad.
“I’m trying to set a better example for the team, especially the younger players,” Weaver said. “I have encouraged everyone to do the workout plan during the off season so we can shine during the season.”
The reigning MEAC tournament most valuable player, sophomore Kenya Pereira, believes if she continues to handle success with humility she has an excellent chance of repeating as the MEAC’s MVP.
“I didn’t expect to do so well last year during the tournament,” Pereira said. “I have to remember my success, but not allow for it to make me get the ‘big head’… I just work harder to achieve my goals.”
The Lady Rattlers begin their season February 5th at the Lady Rattler Softball Complex at 4 p.m. versus the University of Kentucky Wildcats.