TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Oct. 10) - The Florida A&M University Volleyball team picked up their third consecutive win of the season as they defeated North Carolina Central University, 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-21) here Sunday afternoon at the Alfred Lawson, Jr., Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.
FAMU (4-11) finished the match with a .200 hitting percentage, by tallying 38 kills in 95 total attacks with 19 errors, while the Lady Rattler defense held NCCU (6-19) to .098 hitting percentage with 33 kills in 102 total attacks with 23 errors.
The Lady Rattlers were led by Lorin Rucker with 13 kills, behind her was Katherine Huanec with eight. Both Maria Ceccarelli and Pamela Barrera finished with seven kills each. Diana Gonzalez led the team in assists with a game high 35 and Susan Egoavil led the team in digs with 16.
In the first set, Barrera tied the set at 10-10. The Lady Rattlers would then take a 17-12 lead as they outscored the Lady Eagles 7-2, capped off by a Ceccarelli kill.
NCCU would cut FAMU’s lead to 22-18 on a Belinda Behncke-Biney kill. The Lady Rattlers would then pull away for the 25-20 win in the first set.
FAMU jumped out to a 19-11 lead in the second set capped off by Huanec kill.
The Lady Eagles would then outscore the Lady Rattlers 6-3 to cut FAMU’s lead to 22-17. NCCU then made the score 24-22 in favor of FAMU on a Tasha –Gaye Richards kill.
FAMU would win the set 25-22 on a Ceccarelli kill.
The Lady Rattlers built a 10-5 lead in the third set on a Lady Eagle error.
NCCU would come soaring back as they tied the set at 15-15 Sashalee Wallen kill, capping a 10-5 run.
The Lady Eagles cut the Lady Rattler’s lead to 22-21 on FAMU attack error, followed by Raven King service ace.
FAMU would then rattle off the next three points for the 25-21 win on a Lady Eagle ball handling error, a Rucker kill and an another NCCU attack error.
Behncke-Biney led the Lady Eagles win kills with 11, followed by both Wallen and Martisann Sinclair, who finished with six kills apiece. Jzima-Malaki Kalao led the NCCU in assists with 27 and Raven King finished with a team high 11 digs.
The Lady Rattlers will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 13 as they will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla., to take on arch rival Bethune-Cookman University in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup in a 6:30 p.m. start.
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