FAMU VOLLEYBALL TAKES ON TOUGH NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IN 2016


2016 Schedule (printable)
2015 Conference Record
womenvolleyball2The Florida A&M University Rattler Volleyball 2016 Edition will face one of its toughest schedules in years. It will compete against 2 teams that finished ranked in the top 25 in 2015 and four teams, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Costal Carolina, that made it to the NCAA playoffs last year. These Rattlers will face 4 teams from the Division 1 Sunbelt Conference, 3 teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference, and 2 teams each from the ACC, SEC, and Conference USA. Playing only 5 MEAC Conference teams in the Southern division, the majority of the schedule will be against non-conference opponents.

Rattler fans in the southeast USA will have an opportunity to support the women’s volleyball team as they travel to tournaments in Miami, Florida, Mobile, Alabama, and Gainesville, Florida. Early in the season fans in Tallahassee will get to see the 2016 volleyball edition when the Rattlers and FSU Seminoles co-host a tournament on September 8th and 9th at the AL Lawson Center and Tully Gym in Tallahassee. In addition to these tournaments FAMU will face the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

On Friday evening, September 23rd, the Rattlers will begin conference play against the South Carolina Bulldogs in Tallahassee. They will continue conference play through October and November with a game against the University of North Florida in Tallahassee, and Troy State in Troy, Alabama at the mid-point of conference play.

FAMU will have a full and completely competitive roster. Senior middle blocker Dei’ja Martin, a preseason MEAC first team selection, and junior outside hitter Pamela Soriano will lead the way. Also returning are setter Valerie Lopez, outside hitter Starmichael Tucker, libero Carassco Valentina, and middle blocker Gina Chavez-Lopez. Coach Trifinov will have more to work with this season in gaining a host of new comers that include 5’11” outside hitter Alexandria Hightower of Chula Vista, California, 5’10” outside hitter Alexis Gosha of Apopka, Florida, 6’0″ outside hitter Nicole Abrue of Lima, Peru, 6’1″ middle blocker Nair Canessa of Lima, Peru, 6’1″ outside hitter Maria Yvett Garcia of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 6’1″ setter Elena Dimitrova of Sofia, Bulgaria, and 6’2″ outside hitter Radka Dimitrova of Sofia Bulgaria.

Among their goals are to defeat the Bethune Cookman Wildcats, who beat them twice in 2015 and win the MEAC post-season conference championship. Bethune is picked to finish first in the Southern Division and FAMU second.

2016 FAMU Volleyball Regular Season Schedule

Date Opponent Conf. 2015 Record 2015 NCAA
RPI
Where Time EST
Florida International University/University of Miami Tournament
Fri/Aug 26 #Coastal Carolina Sun Belt 25-7 #84 Miami, FL 11:30 AM
Fri/Aug 26 Miami ACC 21-10 #44 Coral Gables, FL 6:00 PM
Sat/Aug 27 FIU C-USA 15-13 #155 Miami, FL 7:00 PM
University of South Alabama Tournament
Fri/Sept 2 FIU C-USA 15-13 #155 Mobile, AL 11:30 AM
Sat/Sept 2 SE Louisiana Sun Belt 13-15 #163 Mobile, AL 5:00 PM
Sat/Sept 3 South Alabama Sun Belt 13-18 #249 Mobile, AL 2:00 PM
Florida A&M University/Florida State University Tournament
Fri/Sept 8 Little Rock Ark Sun Belt 14-14 #115 Tallahassee@ 7:00 PM
Sat/Sept 9 Florida State ACC 25-8 #28 Tallahassee* 1:00 PM
Sat/Sept 9 Baylor University Big 12 17-13 #47 Tallahassee@ 7:30 PM
Tu/Sept 13 Georgia SEC 5-25 #220 Athens, GA 6:00 PM
University of Florida Tournament
Fri/Sept 16 Florida SEC 25-7 #5 Gainesville 12:00 PM
Fri/Sept 16 Marshall C-USA 16-14 #159 Gainesville 5:30 PM
Sat/Sept 17 Jacksonville A-Sun 12-16 #131 Gainesville 1:00 PM
Tu/Sept 20 N Florida A-Sun 21-11 #138 Jacksonville 6:00 PM
Fri/Sept 23 S Carolina State MEAC 4-19 #329 Tallahassee 7:00 PM
Sun/Sept 25 Savannah State MEAC 0-31 #331 Tallahassee 3:00 PM
Fri/Sept 30 Bethune Cookman MEAC 15-16 #255 Tallahassee 7:00 PM
Fri/Oct 7 N Carolina Central MEAC 5-24 #328 Durham, NC 7:00 PM
Sun/Oct 9 N Carolina A&T MEAC 7-14 #321 Greensboro, NC 3:00 PM
Tu/Oct 11 Troy Sun Belt 14-18 #174 Troy, AL 7:00 PM
Tu/Oct 18 N Florida A-Sun 21-11 #138 Tallahassee 6:00 PM
Fri/Oct 21 S Carolina State MEAC 4-19 #329 Orangeburg, SC 7:00 PM
Sun/Oct 23 Savannah State MEAC 0-31 #331 Savannah, GA 3:00 PM
Sun/Oct 30 Bethune Cookman MEAC 15-16 #255 Daytona Bch 3:00 PM
Fri/Nov 4 N Carolina Central MEAC 5-24 #328 Tallahassee 7:00 PM
Sun/Nov 6 N Carolina A&T MEAC 7-14 #321 Tallahassee 3:00 PM

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