Volleyball team should have been given priority

The football team was not the only Florida A&M University squad that competed locally during Homecoming Week. The volleyball team defeated the University of North Florida Wednesday afternoon.

Winning is routine for the Lady Rattlers as they were victorious in their last 90 conference matches.

But the start time for Wednesday’s contest was out of the ordinary. Initially, FAMU and UNF were slated to take the floor at 7 p.m. This kept with tradition, for matches during the week often begin in the evening. Despite few complaints from either side, the time change probably upset the players’ game-day rhythm.

The match was moved to 2 p.m. due to a scheduling error; both the volleyball match and Dorm Step Show were erroneously scheduled for the same time.

We understand that mistakes happen. Pencils have erasers for a reason, and we are all human. But perhaps the prime time slot should have been reserved for the Lady Rattlers, who have won the last five MEAC championships.

However, this really is not about the team’s dominance. Homecoming or not, the volleyball match should not have been moved. Why? This is volleyball season. Quite frankly, coach Tony Trifonov and his squad deserve better.

The original start time would have made sense because most of their fan base was in class or at work during the day.

FAMU closes out its home slate against Mercer tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Unless the match is moved up because it is Halloween.

John W. Marsh for the editorial board.