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Rattler Women Open Season In MEAC/SWAC Challenge
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  

FAMU Scores In MEAC/SWAC Challenge

Friday, August 30

FAMU 3, Texas Southern 0

Alabama State 3, FAMU 1


Saturday, August 31

Alabama A&M 3, FAMU 1

Jackson State 3, FAMU 2


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Aug. 31) – The Florida A&M Women’s Volleyball team officially opened the 2019 campaign Friday and Saturday with four hotly contested bouts in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, pitting four teams each from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the Southwestern Athletic Conference against each other on the courts of Lockhart Gymnasium at Alabama State University.


@ On Friday, FAMU (1-3) won its’ opening match against Texas Southern in straight sets, 3-0 (25-16, 25-14 and 25-23), led by Preseason MEAC Player of the Year, outside hitter Maria Yvett Garcia with 17 kills and four blocks. Alexis Gosha and Alexys Mann each had five kills, while Elena Dimitrova dished out 18 assists.


Celeste Rodriguez led FAMU with 14 digs, followed by Gosha with 12. Alyssa Brown topped FAMU with five blocks, followed by Garcia and Reanna Wilson with four blocks each.


@ In Friday’s second match, FAMU dropped a tightly-played 3-1 decision to host Alabama State (17-25, 21-25, 25-18, 20-25), paced by Alexis Gosha’s 10 kills and 11 digs.


Alyssa Brown had nine kills, Alexys Mann had eight kills, while Reann Wilson added seven kills. Elena Dimitrova handed out 28 assists, while Celeste Rodriguez led FAMU with 16 digs.


@ On Saturday, FAMU dropped both matches, 3-1 to Alabama A&M, and 3-2 to Jackson (Miss.) State.


In the second and final match of the day, FAMU trailed 0-2 to Jackson State after dropping two hard fought sets by identical 19-25 scores, before battling back to win the third set, 26-24, and pulling away to capture the fourth set, 25-18.


Jackson State would win the decisive fifth set, 15-8.


Leading the way for FAMU against JSU was Garcia with 13 kills and 12 digs, followed by Gosha with 11 kills and ateam-high 17 digs. Celeste Rodriguez added 16 digs, and Ilayda Nurkan finished with 30 assists.


WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU will host Mercer University on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Lawson Center.



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