TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 18) – The FAMU Women’s Volleyball team dropped their third straight match here Friday night, falling 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 23-25, 18-25) to visiting Coppin (Md.) State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference battle at the Al Lawson Center.
FAMU (6-15, 4-3 MEAC) dropped a hard-fought first set, 25-21, before rallying to tie the bout with a 25-19 win in the second.
A spirited Coppin State (8-13, 4-3) fought off the Rattlers in the third to take a 25-23 win and go ahead, 2-1.
The Eagles closed out the bout with a 25-18 win in the fourth, withstanding another series of runs by a shorthanded, but determined FAMU squad.
The Rattlers were without several key performers including junior outside Alexis Gosha, out due to death in the family, and freshman libero Celeste Rodriguez, a one-time MEAC Rookie of the Year prospect, still hampered by a bad knee.
Graduate outside Maria Yvett Garcia led FAMU with 15 kills. Followed by Alexis Mann with six, and Kalen Blathers and Elena Dimitrova with five kills each.
Freshman walk-on Nahla Muhammad topped the club in digs with 21, followed by Garcia with 18 and Blathers with 11. Dimitrova and Ilayda Nurkan each handled out 17 assists, while Alyssa Brown and Iaya Harris each finished with three blocks.
WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU will host Morgan (Md.) State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the Lawson Center.