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FAMU's Nicole Abreu was named 2016 MEAC Co-Rookie of the Year Wednesday.
FAMU's Nicole Abreu was named 2016 MEAC Co-Rookie of the Year Wednesday.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Five FAMU Volleyballers Honored as MEAC All-Stars
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
Release:11/16/2016
NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 16) – Florida A&M’s Nicole Abreu and Bethune-Cookman’s Alana Handy were named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Volleyball Co-Rookies of the Year it was announced on Wednesday.

The announcement came as part of the overall release of the 2016 MEAC Volleyball All-Conference team, voted on by the league’s head volleyball coaches and sports information directors, ahead of this weekend’s MEAC Volleyball Championships.

Abreu, a freshman outside hitter  from Lima, Peru ranks sixth in kills per set (3.22), sixth in points per set (3.61) and seventh in hitting percentage (.260). She registered nine double-doubles in kills and digs.

She posted a season-high 22 kills against North Florida and 22 digs versus Bethune-Cookman. She was named the MEAC Player of the Week on Sept. 26 and MEAC Rookie of the Week on Oct. 10. 

FAMU placed two players on the 2016 All-MEAC First Team, freshman outside hitter Maria Yvette Garcia, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and senior middle blocker Ginna Lopez-Chavez, from Lima, Peru.

Abreu was one of two FAMU players to earn Second Team honors, along with sophomore libero Valentina Carrasco from Lima, Peru.

Three Rattler Women were named to the MEAC All-Rookie Team: Abreu, Garcia and freshman hitter Elena Dimitrova, of Sofia, Bulgaria.

MEAC TOURNAMENT STARTS FRIDAY

Florida A&M (15-11, 10-0 MEAC) won the Southern Division, and will open play in this weekend’s MEAC Tournament as one of two #1 seeds, facing off against Northern Division #4 seed Norfolk State at 4:00 p.m. at the Hytche Center on the campus of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Should FAMU advance, they would face the winner of Maryland-Eastern Shore/North Carolina A&T in Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. semifinal bout, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s  nationally-televised (ESPNU/ESPN3) championship match, set to start at 12 Noon.

The Rattler Women are aiming for their first MEAC title since 2009.

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