FAMU prepares for NCCU


The Lady Rattlers have won 10 out of their last 12 games and look to stay undefeated as they take on the North Carolina Central Lady Eagles.

The Lady Rattlers come into the match 10-9 and 8-0 in conference play. The Lady Rattlers currently have the best conference record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The last time these two teams played the Lady Rattlers escaped with a win in 5 sets.

Head volleyball coach Tanio Trifonov is prepared for the game Sunday. He said the team must control the pace to win the game.

“We struggled with them in Durham earlier in the year,” Trifonov said. “They have some really good aggressive hitters and didn’t do a great job containing them.”

Keeping the intensity up has been a problem for the Lady Rattlers.  Yeisha Arcia, a first year biology student from San Juan, Puerto Rico said the intensity is there they just have to bring it out.

“I think it’s all about attitude and commitment,” Arcia said. “We just have to work on our techniques and if we do that we can still play our game and work towards winning the MEAC Championship.”

Maria Ceccarelli, fourth year literature student from Lima, Peru knows consistency is crucial in a game like this. The Lady Rattlers have struggled with consistency this season.

“When we played North Carolina Central earlier in the year we won but we were inconsistent but we figured it out and we finished the game,” Ceccarelli said. We have to be more consistent this time around and avoid the little errors.”

Trifonov said that it would take an overall team effort for the Lady Rattlers to get another win.

“We play as a team and that’s the difference between us and some of the other teams,” Trifonov said.  Some teams have one or two hitters on the team and we have five. We have to get everybody involved and the first time we played them a really strong team effort was the difference.”

The Lady Rattlers play Sunday at the Al Lawson Center. The game starts at 3 p.m.