Lady Rattlers look to continue dominating

The Lady Rattlers volleyball team looks to continue their momentum in conference play.

They are coming off of their biggest win of the season against their archrival, the Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats.
Florida A&M will play one game out of conference before the Lady Rattlers go through the rest of their conference schedule.

Head coach Tanio “Tony” Trifonov is cautiously optimistic when assessing his team’s outlook for the remainder of the season.

“We have played well, but we need more consistency from our hitters,” Trifonov said. “I do think we are a better team than when the season started, and that shows with our current win streak.”

The team looks forward to its last five games in conference. FAMU has a good chance to vie for the top spot in the MEAC.

Although the team is looking to remain unbeaten in conference play, the Lady Rattlers have several areas they feel they need to improve in before the Nov. 15 conference tournament.

The team is not satisfied by the quick start, but the players like where they are so far his season.

Freshman middle blocker Dei’Ja Martin, who is second on the team in hitting percentage, said the team is always looking to improve and will be able to do so.

“We’re excited to be unbeaten in conference [play] so far, but we need to improve our intensity,” Martin said. “One big thing we want to improve on is our competitive spirit. We come out slow and pick up our energy, but we haven’t been able to play a complete game just yet.”

Sophomore outside hitter Yeisha Arcia is pleased with the team’s efforts so far this season but knows the team has a long way to go.

“We expect nothing less of ourselves because we were in the same position last season,” Arcia said. “We are gaining confidence with every game and want to keep up the positive energy.”

Arcia is currently second on the team in digs with 117 and third on the team with 120 kills.

The Lady Rattlers will be back in the Al Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center on Oct. 25 after a short road trip to take on the South Carolina State University Lady Bulldogs.