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Friday, December 02, 2016

FAMU #1 among HBCUs, #3 overall in FCS average home attendance

The National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivision statistics through Nov. 27, 2016 list Florida A&M at #3 in average home attendance for the 2016 season.

FAMU drew 78,839 fans to Bragg Stadium for four dates, a total which was 11th nationally in total home attendance, but the per-game average of 19,710 was 3rd, surpassed only by Montana (25,377) and James Madison (21,646).

Among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUS) in the FCS, FAMU was #1 in average home attendance at 19,710, followed by perennial leader Jackson (Miss.) State at 19,660, good for fourth nationally.

Friday, November 25, 2016

FAMU volleyball team finishes as runner-up in 2016 MEAC tournament

The Howard University Bison captured the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Championship title on November 20 with a 3-1 victory over Florida A&M University at the W. P. Hytche Athletic Center.

Nicole Abreu paced Florida A&M  (17-12) with a double-double of 13 kills and 13 digs. Elena Dimitrova added 41 assists and 13 digs. Maria Yvette Garcia registered eight kills and 13 digs, while Valentina Carrasco recorded a team-high 21 digs.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bethune-Cookman wins sixth consecutive Florida Blue Florida Classic

Quarterback Larry Brihm, Jr. was named MVP from Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, Nov. 19, as the Wildcats rolled past rival Florida A&M, 39-19 in front of 45,372 fans inside Camping World Stadium with B-CU collecting its unprecedented sixth consecutive win over FAMU in the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic.

For Bethune-Cookman, the win was the team’s fourth consecutive after suffering through injuries and Hurricane Matthew that led to the Cats beginning the campaign 0-5. Since that time, the Cats and Head Coach Terry Sims have rolled off four consecutive with an average margin of victory at 22.3 points per game.

The FAMU defense was sparked by Quenteze Gallon with 13 tackles, followed by Terry Jefferson with nine.

The offense was led by quarterback Ryan Stanley with an 11-for-25 passing day for 84 yards, while rushing for 57.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Five FAMU volleyballers named to MEAC Volleyball All-Conference Team

Nicole Abreu was named 2016 MEAC Co-Rookie of the Year
Florida A&M’s Nicole Abreu and Bethune-Cookman’s Alana Handy were named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Co-Rookies of the Year it was announced on Wednesday.

The announcement came as part of the overall release of the 2016 MEAC Volleyball All-Conference team, voted on by the league’s head volleyball coaches and sports information directors, ahead of this weekend’s MEAC Volleyball Championships.

Abreu, a freshman outside hitter  from Lima, Peru ranks sixth in kills per set (3.22), sixth in points per set (3.61) and seventh in hitting percentage (.260). She registered nine double-doubles in kills and digs.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Stanley rallies Rattlers past Morgan State, 22-21

Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley fired two touchdown passes in a three-minute span late in the fourth quarter to help lift Florida A&M past Morgan State, 22-21 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game at Bragg Stadium Saturday evening.

Stanley, the Pembroke Pines, Florida product who has led FAMU (4-6, 4-3 MEAC) to four wins in his six collegiate starts, got off to a slow start, as did the rest of the Rattler squad coming off a bye week, Nov. 5, but heated up in the final stanza when it counted, going 5-for-6 passing for 54 yards and two TDs, while rushing for 49 yards on five carries in the final period.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ryan Stanley added to Jerry Rice Award Watch List

STATS, Inc., the consummate source for news and information on NCAA FCS Football, has added FAMU redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley to its’ Jerry Rice Award Watch List.

Craig Haley, director of FCS coverage for STATS, Inc., made the announcement in a Watch List Update released Tuesday afternoon.

The Jerry Rice Award, which goes to the top first year player in FCS Football, is named after the NFL Hall of Famer and former Mississippi Valley State wide receiver, who is the all-time receiving leader in NFL history.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

FAMU, Howard earn top seeds in MEAC volleyball tournament

The Howard Bison and the Florida A&M Lady Rattlers earned the top seeds in the northern and southern divisions, respectively, of the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Championship Tournament.

Florida A&M (10-0) won the regular-season Southern Divisional crown and earned the top spot. The Lady Rattlers are currently riding a 12-match winning streak and have not lost since Sept. 20 (North Florida).

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Lopez-Chavez named MEAC Co-Volleyball Player of the Week

Florida A&M senior Ginna Lopez-Chavez was selected as one of two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Co-Volleyball Players of the Week.

Lopez-Chavez (MB, 6-3, Sr., Lima, Peru) totaled 23 kills, five blocks, two digs, two service aces and one assist in wins over North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T State. She hit .630, with a team-high 19 kills, in four sets against North Carolina A&T State.

North Carolina A&T State junior Samara Brown received the second Co-Volleyball Player of the Week honor. Brown (OH, 6-1, Jr., Raleigh, N.C.) averaged a double-double of 17.0 kills and 11.0 digs per match against Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M. She notched a match-high 19 kills against Bethune-Cookman.

Monday, November 07, 2016

FAMU volleyball finishes regular season with perfect 10-0 MEAC record

Senior middle blocker Ginna Lopez-Chavez had a team-high 19 kills Sunday, as the Florida A&M University volleyball team closed the regular season with a 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victory over visiting North Carolina A&T at the Al Lawson Center.

Sunday’s win was the 12th straight match victory for FAMU (15-11, 10-0 MEAC) this season. On Saturday the team clinched its first MEAC Southern Division title since 2014.

Lopez-Chavez added four blocks to her 19 kills, while freshman Nicole Abreu added nine kills and 11 digs, and freshman Radka Dimitrova had seven kills.

Freshman Maria Yvette Garcia had six kills, seven digs and three blocks, while freshman Elena Dimitrova finished with 39 assists.

Samara Brown led the Aggies (9-13, 6-3 MEAC) with 15 kills in Sunday’s match.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

FAMU clinches MEAC Southern Division volleyball title with 3-0 win over NCCU

Florida A&M University clinched the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division regular season title with a 3-0 win over visiting North Carolina Central University Friday night in the Al Lawson Center.

The Lady Rattlers won their 11th straight match with the 24-14, 25-18, 25-18 triumph. Florida A&M (14-11 Overall, 9-0 MEAC) secured the top Southern Division seed for the MEAC Tournament after staying undefeated in league play.

Florida A&M hit .311 for the match and was led by freshman Maria Yvette Garcia, who pounded down 16 kills on 32 attempts with just three errors for a .406 hitting percentage.

Freshman setter Elana Dimitrova conducted FAMU's attack with 37 assists. Dimitrova added two of the Rattlers' eight aces. Her twin sister Radka Dimitrova chipped in nine kills and eight digs.

Sophomore libero Vanentina Carrasco supplied a match-high 14 digs.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Garcia, Dimitrova receive MEAC weekly volleyball honors

Maria Yvette Garcia and Elena Dimitrova
Florida A&M freshman Maria Yvette Garcia was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Her teammate Elena Dimitrova earned Setter of the Week honors.

Garcia (OH, 6-2, Fr., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) averaged a double-double of 15.0 kills and 10.0 digs in wins over North Florida and Bethune-Cookman. She posted a team-high 19 kills in a four-set victory against Bethune-Cookman.

Dimitrova (S, 6-1, Fr., Sofia, Bulgaria) compiled 77 assists, 11 digs, four kills, one block and one service ace in wins over North Florida and Bethune-Cookman. She recorded a match-high 28 assists in a three-set victory over North Florida.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Volleyballers bounce B-CU, extend winning streak to 10

Maria Garcia had a team-high 19 kills to lead FAMU over B-CU Sunday
The FAMU women’s volleyball team extended their winning streak to 10 here Sunday, as they held off archrival Bethune-Cookman, 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division match.

The Rattlers won the first two sets, before Bethune-Cookman edged out FAMU in the third set, becoming the first MEAC opponent to take a set off FAMU all season.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

FAMU women’s cross country team breaks record with fifth straight MEAC crown

Florida A&M broke a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with its fifth straight Women’s Cross Country championship on Saturday morning at the Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center.

Florida A&M scored 53 points to win its ninth overall MEAC title and a MEAC-record fifthh in a row. The Lady Rattlers averaged a time of 18:52.52 on the 5K course and had all four runners finish inside the top 15.

“Last year we won our fourth in a row and set a FAMU record,” Lady Rattlers Head Coach Darlene Moore said. “In order to keep the kids from being complacent, we set the goal to go out there and set a MEAC record.”

Aggies win homecoming game over visiting Rattlers, 42-17

After the Aggies’ 42-17 homecoming win over Florida A&M Saturday afternoon at Aggie Stadium, there were so many sentimental statements uttered by North Carolina A&T Head Football Coach Rod Broadway about the 17 seniors who have had such an impact on turning around a dormant program, Broadway had to remind himself and those around him of something important.

“Wait a minute, they’re not done yet. We still have some games to play,” Broadway said.

But after the 11th-ranked Aggies (7-1, 5-0 MEAC) won their sixth straight homecoming, it was hard not to get a little choked up. The Aggies were in the midst of a seven-game homecoming losing streak when Broadway arrived in 2011. They had no recruiting class in 2011 and signed only seven in 2012 because of reduction in scholarships due to a low graduation rate that occurred prior to Broadway’s tenure.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Billy Joe, former FAMU head football coach, selected for Black College Football Hall of Fame

Former Florida A&M Head Football Coach Billy Joe was selected for induction into the Black
College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) Class of 2017 earlier this week.

Joe spent 11 years at Florida A&M as its head coach and won five championships during his tenure. He participated in six NCAA I-AA Playoffs with the 1999 playoffs the most memorable run as the Rattlers finished 2-1 and fell 27-24 to Youngstown State in the semifinals. Joe also led FAMU to the 1993 and 1995 Heritage Bowls. He was also indicted into the 2007 College Football Hall of Fame.

Votes were tallied from the 12-member Selection Committee, comprised of prominent journalists, commentators and historians, as well as former NFL General Managers and executives, and from previous BCFHOF inductees to determine the Inductees.

The Class of 2017 will be honored at the Eighth Annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Presented by the Atlanta Falcons on February 25, 2017. The Induction Ceremony will take place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Inductees will also be recognized at the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 17.

Friday, October 28, 2016

FAMU women’s cross country team prepares for run at MEAC history

The Florida A&M Lady Rattler Cross Country team is attempting to make history, both in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and at the university.  The team has won the MEAC Cross Country Championship for the last four years. At both the MEAC and FAMU, the all-time record is four. 

Capturing a fifth consecutive MEAC championship would put the team in the “dynasty” conversation, as its performance has been spectacular over the championship time period.

The Lady Rattlers are led by junior distance runner, Judith Kibii.  Kibii has been so dominating that she has been named MEAC women’s cross country athlete of the week five consecutive times this year.  Kibii’s goal is to be the top medalist this year and set the stage for her teammates to send five across ahead of the member conference schools.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rattlers continue to roll with 3-0 sweep of UNF

By Ebony Ivey
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Volleyball team (12-11, 7-0 MEAC) came out victorious over the Ospreys of the University North Florida (15-10, 5-3 ASUN) Tuesday evening at the Lawson Center.

The Rattlers won in three sets, sweeping the Ospreys who was the last team they had lost to this season, back on Sept. 20. With scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-21, FAMU looked like a much-improved bunch since the last meeting of the squads..

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Rattlers sink Pirates at Bragg Memorial, 31-14

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Rattler Football team sent a jam-packed Bragg Memorial Stadium Homecoming crowd of 26,044 home happy, sinking the visiting Hampton Pirates, 31-14 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon.

Saturday’s win was FAMU’s second straight and third in four games, as the Rattlers have gotten off the mat of an 0-4 start behind the solid play of redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stanley, who finished his fourth consecutive start Saturday without a turnover, while boosting his record as a starter to 3-1.

Friday, October 21, 2016

FAMU riding high in NCAA football attendance

The latest home attendance figures released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) show Florida A&M University (FAMU) ranking in the Top 20 among Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) football programs in total and average attendance.

FAMU is #17 in total attendance with two games left at home in 2016, having drawn 35,916 fans for the two home games played so far in 2016.

The university is also second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in total home attendance behind North Carolina A&T (38,853) which is #14. But in terms of average home attendance, the Rattlers are #5.

FAMU averaged 17,958 fans for the first two home games. That is up from 2015, when FAMU finished #11 in FCS with a per-game average of 15,060 (60,240 fans in 4 games).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

FAMU volleyball team win sixth straight with 3-1 win over Troy

The FAMU women’s volleyball team continued their hot play last week, taking a 3-1 non-conference match win over Troy University at Trojan Arena.

FAMU (9-11, 5-0 MEAC) won their sixth straight match, a tightly-contested bout by scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-21 and 25-22.

The win helped FAMU surpass its 2015 win total of eight (8) match victories, a testament to their improved talent level and depth.

The trio of freshmen hitters Maria Yvette Garcia and Nicole Abreu, along with junior setter Valeria Lopez led the way again after being recognized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as the Player, Rookie and Setter of the Week.