TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (April 14) – The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers defeated the B-CU Wildcats 5-2 in women’s tennis today at the FAMU Tennis Courts.
FAMU took the doubles point and fought their way to the win over state-rival B-CU. With B-CU short a contestant, they would forfeit a point in the singles match. FAMU would go on to win the No.2, No.4 and No.5 slots to take match.
FAMU Head Coach Nikki Goldthreat was just excited to get the win. “I think overall they played very well. They played with confidence and they came out with a lot of energy and ready to get that win. We needed this momentum going into the conference tournament. It gives us confidence knowing we can get in there with the top teams and finish it,” she said.
The last match to conclude was a marathon match between FAMU’s Karen Machisa and the previously undefeated Rehaana Butt. Machisa would edge her out (6-3, 2-6, 7-5). The match concluded long after the rest of the tennis players had completed their matches. Their battle lasted nearly two hours.
It was very tough and considering that I was very nervous. She is a very good player and she was undefeated, so I just told myself to push it through and to never give up.Each time I was down, I just kept motivating myself to stay up,” Machisa said.
“I am impressed in her (Machisa) willingness and power to keep playing through adversity. Going three sets, she stayed focused and pulled it out,” Goldthreat said.
The Lady Rattlers now turn their attention to the MEAC Tennis Championships, Apr. 25-28 in Norfolk, Va. “It’s very good to get his win going into MEAC. We needed the confidence and it will definitely help us win at MEAC,” Machisa said.