JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 15) – The FAMU Women’s Volleyball Team pushed host North Florida to five sets Tuesday, before dropping a hard-fought 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 15-25, 25-23, 12-15) decision to the Ospreys, 3-2.
FAMU (6-14), won a hotly-contested first set, 25-22, setting the tone for the match which would eventually come down to the wire.
The Opsreys won the next two sets, 25-21 and 25-15, seemingly poised to close out FAMU in the fourth.
But the Rattler Women bolted out to a 9-3 lead in that fourth set, and that early margin proved to be enough to help them withstand a furious 20-16 surge by UNF, as FAMU prevailed, 25-23.
The final set was a reflection of the first four, lead swings and ties, until UNF would slip away after a 10-10 tie, to close out the match, 15-12.
Leading the way for FAMU was outside Maria Garcia, who finished with 19 kills and 11 digs, followed by Alexis Gosha and Elena Dimitrova with nine kills apiece.
Gosha added 13 digs to her efforts Tuesday, while Dimitrova dished out 20 assists. Ilayda Nurkan topped FAMU with 23 assists, while freshman Nahla Muhammad led FAMU with 17 digs.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU returns to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play this weekend, hosting the Baltimore duo of Coppin State, Friday at 7 p.m,, and Morgan State on Sunday, at 1 p.m. both matches in the Lawson Center.