Volleyball team still searching for rhythm, victory

The Florida A&M women’s volleyball team is 10 games into the season and the team is still searching for its first win.

The team will have another shot at a victory against the Jacksonville University Dolphins, who had a record is (5-8) prior to a Tuesday night game against Bethune-Cookman University. The game will take place in Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 24, 2010.

The Lady Rattlers are looking to play better on both sides of the ball and cut back on the errors as the team looks to build some type of momentum as conference play is around the corner.

The Lady Rattlers have 103 errors on the season and at least 1.6 serve reception errors per set.

“We have to go through repetitions in practice and hope the girls cut back the errors in the game,” coach Tony Trifonov said.

Trifonov has emphasized it’s not how you start but how you finish. The Lady Rattlers can do exactly that if they can get a win to get things in the right direction.

The Lady Rattlers know what they have to focus on, which are the positives, if they want to be successful against the Dolphins, and they plan on doing so to put a win in the books.

Davis said players will be hitting their stride individually but the team is not hitting their stride as a collective unit.

“As a team we need to start feeding off each other’s success,” Davis said.

“We are continuing to improve individually game after game but with a little inconsistency because one player will have a great run in one set then another player will be on in the next set,” said freshman Kilani Davis.

Davis said once the team gets into a rhythm, the players will be able to start playing better and earn its first win of the season.

“Once we all get in a rhythm and can use each other’s energy to improve our game, we should have no problem adding a W to our record,” said Davis.

The Lady Rattlers are back to full strength with the return of Pamela Barrera and with the team trying to end its slump. We will see who steps up and takes charge as the Lady Rattlers look to win its first game of the season.