In a mesmerizing clash that unfolded on the much-anticipated Senior Night, the Florida A&M University Women’s Volleyball Team delivered a resounding triumph against their rivals, the Bethune Cookman University Wildcats in four sets.
The gymnasium buzzed with anticipation as family, friends and fans filled the stands, eager to witness the culmination of a fierce rivalry and the celebration of the team’s graduating seniors.
Before the first serve, the Rattlers paid tribute to their six seniors on the team: Brooke Hudson, Kaitlyn Scroggina, Dominique Turner, Emerald Jacobs, Isis Williams and Camila De La Rosa.
This match would mean the last time these six would play in the Al Lawson Multipurpose Center.
“It is a bittersweet moment,” Hudson said. “It’s sad that my college career is coming to an end, but I wouldn’t have it any other way than to play with my team one last time at our home court.”
As the opening serve echoed through the arena, both teams exhibited a fierce determination to assert their dominance on the court.
The Rattlers, however, quickly seized control with a combination of precise serves, strategic blocks, and seamless communication.
Senior Night is a special occasion in any athlete’s career, and the FAMU seniors embraced the spotlight with a blend of nostalgia and fierce competitiveness.
Each senior player contributed in her unique way, showcasing the skills and leadership that had defined their tenure with the team. The crowd erupted in applause as these players, who had dedicated countless hours to perfecting their craft, left an indelible mark on the court.
The Rattlers prevailed in the first set beating BCU 25-18.
FAMU took their first set win momentum into the second set, starting out strong. BCU proved to be a worthy opponent, as they brought the score to a tie several times.
Both teams fought hard throughout the set, having long rallies back-and-forth. Ultimately, FAMU came out the second set victorious with a score of 25-19.
The Rattlers struggled to maintain control over the game throughout the third set. BCU obtained their first lead of the match as both teams were fighting to get ahead.
The Rattlers fought back but were unable to maintain a strong lead on the Wildcats, losing the third set, 28-26.
As the fourth and last set began, FAMU built upon their momentum, capitalizing on the strategic plays crafted by the coaching staff.
The seniors continued to shine, delivering crucial points and inspiring their younger teammates to elevate their performance.
The match ended with an unforced error from BCU. The final score was 25-17.
This win marks the Rattlers’ last regular season game, and their sixth consecutive win.
The culmination of the match was marked by a heartfelt celebration as FAMU’s seniors were honored for their dedication and contributions to the team.
The victory on Senior Night wasn’t just a testament to the team’s skill but a poignant reminder of the bonds forged over years of shared challenges and triumphs.
Head Coach Gokhan Yilmaz praised the team’s resilience and unity.
“This win is a testament to the hard work and dedication these players have put in throughout the season. Our seniors led by example, and their legacy will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of FAMU volleyball players,” Yilmaz stated.
As the team basked in the glory of their Senior Night victory, they carried with them the memories of a night that transcended competition.
As the regular season comes to an end, the Rattlers still have more volleyball to play postseason. Next week, November 17 -19, the Rattlers are looking to win their third consecutive SWAC title as they travel to Houston, Texas for the SWAC Championship Tournament.