Rattlerettes intend to spike their way to third MEAC title

The women’s volleyball team has done it again. The team is on its way to its third straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title, and for the first time, is ranked ninth in regional polls.

The Rattlerettes dominated this season with a record of 23-2. The team had high goals and prominent determination all year.

“It’s gratifying that the girls are finally recognized as a good volleyball team,” said head coach Tony Trifonov, headed for his 100th career victory. “This is my fifth season coaching here. We haven’t lost a conference game since 1998.”

Team captain Fiorella Aita Junek commented on Trifonov’s coaching techniques.

“Our coach is like a friend,” said the junior business administration student from Lima, Peru. “Only when we are playing in a game, like most coaches, he is serious and strict.”

Business administration student Shante Haymore gave another key aspect to the success of their season. She summed it up with one word “Persistence.”

“My goal this season is to make conference team player of the year again,” said Haymore, a senior from Miami.

Practicing anywhere from 16-20 hours a week, Trifonov and his team have proven to be physically and mentally prepared to face what their opposition has to offer at the MEAC conference being held Nov. 15-17.

The Rattlerettes have proven that determination and hard work can accomplish anything.

Their team unity, talented players, and great coaching techniques came together to create yet another successful year.

Haymore learned a lot from being on the volleyball team.

“It taught me a lot having to work with people, and how hard work will make you successful,” she said.