Rattlers defeat Alabama State 3-0


Rattlers volleyball team celebrates after beating Alabama State in a 3-0 match
Photo by Marissa Stubbs

FAMU volleyball team enjoyed a night of revenge on Tuesday when it blanked Alabama State 3-0 (25-8, 25-23, 25-21) at the Lawson Center. 

In late August, the Rattlers lost to Alabama State 3-1 on the Hornets’ home floor in the season opening MEAC/SWAC Challenge.

The Rattlers brought intensity early in the first set, winning 25-8. However, the next two sets, the Rattlers had to kick up the heat as both teams continuously scored back to back. Though the battle was entertaining to watch, the Rattlers made sure to satisfy themselves, their fans and the coaches. 

“I love watching the team’s intensity throughout the whole game. During every set they can be down, but they always keep their intensity up, which makes it exciting to watch,” Keziah Dilworth, point guard for FAMU’s women’s basketball team, said.

Heading into the second set, the Hornets served out the ball and were able to pick up two points against the Rattlers. During this close set, the Rattlers began to side out and picked up points as key players Alexis Gosha (outside hitter) had six kills along with nine digs.

Maria Yvett Garcia led the way for FAMU with a match high. Garcia had a total of 19 kills and nine digs. 

In the third set, the Rattlers excelled on defensive as multiple players combined for blocks. Alyssa Brown (middle blocker) and Elena Dimitrova (setter) combined for a block late in the set, allowing the Ratters to be three points away from winning the match.

“Winning this game means a lot. Me and my team, we just practice to win and we know what we’re capable of,” Garcia said.

Volleyball head coach Gokhan Yilmaz said his team came out to dominate after their loss to the Hornets earlier in the season. 

“We played this team before and we lost to them 3-1, so it was great to see them come out and play. I’m just happy to see them celebrating their win,” Yilmaz said.

The next two matches will be played at the Lawson Center. FAMU  hosts South Carolina State at 6 p.m. on Thursday, and following that match the Rattlers will take on their rivals, Bethune Cookman at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8. 

The Rattlers are 8-17 and hope to improve their record as the season comes to an end.