Volleyball team beats Tigers


The Florida A&M University women’s volleyball team got its first win in conference, beating the Savannah State University Tigers at the Alfred Lawson Gym Friday night.

The Lady Rattlers took control of every set and never trailed in their match. They won each set by a margin: 25-8 in the first set, 25-17 in the second set and 25-10 in the final set.

The team played well early, taking control of the match.

Savannah State played well in the second set, which was spearheaded by Jasmine Waite who had seven kills.

“We have to stay consistent with all facets of the set,” said FAMU’s head volleyball coach Tanio Trifonov. “We had an easy let down and stopped playing a little bit, but when you turn the mental switch off, you give up easy points. Playing this team, we know we can’t give up any easy points.”

Katherine Huanec, an outside hitter and middle blocker, helped the Rattlers put away the Tigers in the second set.

 “The first set (the Tigers) lacked confidence, I guess, but in the second game, they started to play better and we lost focus,” said Huanec. “In the third game, we got our heads together and came out and beat them. We can’t get over confident. We just got to beat them.”

The Lady Rattlers, led by senior Karol Marquez who had a game high of 13 digs, made it tough for the Tigers to score.

“We got our confidence and each game gets us to work as a team more,” Marquez said.

The team’s record is 2-10 and is also 1-0 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play.

The Lady Rattlers’ next game is on Oct. 5 against North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. at 7 p.m.