TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 13) – The FAMU Women’s Volleyball team turned in a gutsy effort Sunday afternoon before dropping a hard-fought 3-1 decision to visiting North Carolina A&T in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (6-13, 4-2 MEAC) won the opening set, 25-23, and appeared poised to take down the Aggies (8-12, 6-0 MEAC), which came into the match leading the MEAC Southern Division.
But the Aggies outgunned the Rattlers to win the second set, 25-20, then took control of the match in the third, pushing out to a 22-10.
FAMU dug deep and staged a late 9-3 rally which wasn’t enough to catch A&T, which prevailed 25-19.
In the fourth set, the Aggies ran out to a 5-0 lead and used that early edge to hold off the determined Rattlers, who kept A&T on hold after they reached match point at 24-12, scoring six points straight to close to 24-18. An Aggie kill after a furious exchange ended the match.
FAMU’s Maria Yvett Garcia led FAMU with 11 kills, followed by Kalen Blathers with nine and Elena Dimitrova with six.
Dimitrova led FAMU in assists with 17, followed by Ilayda Nurkan with 14, while Nahla Muhammad led FAMU in digs with 11.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU is at the University of North Florida Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in Jacksonville.