Rattlerettes Fall To Jacksonville In Five Games

Oct. 26, 1999

Tallahassee, Fla. - A stunned FAMU crowd of 81 witnessed the first real "dog fight" in Gaither Gym for the Rattlerettes this season. FAMU entered the match undefeated at home and had easily put the last four competitors away, but they lost to the Jacksonville Dolphins 3-2 (15-3, 8-15, 15-9, 11-15, 15-10) on Tuesday night.

This was a huge upset for the Rattlerettes who had defeated the Dolphins earlier in the season in a three set match. After taking the Dolphins for granted in the first game, the Rattlerettes received the first real wake-up call of the year as they lost 15-3 and posted a team -.045 kill percentage. Re-focused and seemingly ready to play, the Rattlerettes posted 19 kills in 40 attacks (.345) in game two, while forcing the Dolphins to commit 12 attack errors in 38 attempts (-.026). Unfortunately that would be the best game for the Rattlerettes in the match as the Dolphins "out-killed," "out-digged," "out-served" and "out-blocked" FAMU.

Freshman outside hitter Anisha Nicholson posted her fourth double-double on the season with 17 kills and 18 digs. Jessica Sattler, sophomore outside hitter, chipped in her own double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Reneeka Gause, senior middle blocker, continued to wow the crowd as she slammed 13 kills in 39 attempts (.231) with four digs and three blocks.

The Dolphins provided tough competition for the Rattlerettes as they posted a team .210 attack percentage with 68 kills (13.6 per game), 62 digs (12.2 per game) and 10 blocks. The team was paced by sophomore outside hitter Carrie Arago who lead all players with 21 kills in 45 attempts (.267) and 16 digs. She was aided by senior outside hitter Kelly Hickman who had 19 kills in 36 attempts (.361), 11 digs and five blocks. Sophomore setter Carrie Bosworth also guided the team's win with 38 assists and 14 digs.

Jacksonville will return to action Saturday, October 30th at 7:00 when they host UCF in a showdown of conference undefeated teams.