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Lady Rattlers Continue winning streak

By Robert Jones
On November 7, 2016


Florida A&M University women's volleyball team 

Winning 3-1 against Bethune-Cookman University Sunday, the Florida A&M University Lady Rattlers volleyball team are on a 10-game winning streak. Out of the ten straight wins, seven have come against other Middle Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponents.

The Lady Rattlers are sitting at the top of the Southern Division in the MEAC and team chemistry has been a major part of the Lady Rattlers success this season. Freshman outside hitter Alexis Gosha said assistant coach Gokhan Yilmaz also made a difference in the team’s success.

“As the season progressed we became closer as a family,” Gosha said. “The addition of new assistant coach Gokhan Yilmaz has helped us improve our skills.”

Junior outside hitter Pamela Soriano said practice has become more intense and more specialized to the team’s needs.

“They way we practice has been more specific and more intense,” Soriano said.

Being prepared for their opponents hasn’t been an issue for the Lady Rattlers either. Senior middle blocker Star Tucker said the team spends a lot of time learning from other teams and watching film to improve.

“We spend about thirty minutes to an hour each day scouting teams and watching film,” Tucker said.

Giving further insight on the rest of the season head coach Trifonov said although they have a young bunch of players, they’re still recruiting.

“We have a good young core to work with, we only graduate three Seniors this year.” Trifonov said. “We still need to keep recruiting and playing well.”

The Lady Rattlers have been outscoring their opponents all season in kills and total attacks. With an eye on the postseason, the Lady Rattlers hope to continue their streak into the MEAC tournament.

They close out their regular season at home in the Al Lawson Center against North Carolina Central Friday at 7 p.m. and North Carolina A&T Sunday at 3 p.m.

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