The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Lady Rattlers Volleyball team took on the Lady Aggies of Texas A&M University on Saturday.
The Lady Rattlers went 0-3 in similar fashion in a best of five match against the Lady Aggies. The Lady Rattlers fell 25-13, 25-14, 25-14.
“We made a lot of errors. The talent level and the skill level is pretty much there for Texas A&M, but I think we made too many errors,” says FAMU Head Coach Tanio Trifonov.
The Rattlers came into the game pretty confident and ready to put up a good fight against the 7-4 Lady Aggies, but their plans didn’t go as expected.
Trifinov added that the team’s struggles were also due to the fact that players on the team are recovering from injuries. The rotation and starting line-up was fairly new for the girls.
“The level of play was there, and I think we could’ve stayed with them,” Junior Outside Hitter Starmichael Tucker said.
“We went into this game thinking it was going to be blowout,” Tucker adds.
Tucker, along with Junior Middle Blocker Ginna Lopez and Senior Outside Hitter Tamar Fowler lead the team in total kills on the day.
The Lady Rattlers are still winless on the season, but being that they’ve played numerous teams that are ranked in the Top 25 of the country has them prepared for conference play.
“I think playing these Top 25 teams is preparing us for a championship,” Tucker said.
Coach Trifinov says that the team is very skilled, but the errors have been hurting them and in order to win a conference championship they must eliminate those errors.
“We have to make sure we compete and win some games in order to be in good position to win the conference championship,” Trifinov said.
The Lady Rattlers next test will be on the road as they head to Tampa to take on the Lady Bulls of the University of South Florida on Sunday, Sept., 20.