By: Alvin Hollins
Florida A&M University Sports Information
The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) women’s volleyball team is excited about this year’s prospects thanks to a trio of players who gained some valuable international playing experience this summer.
Two members of the trio are returning veterans: 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason Player of the Year Pamela Soriano, a 5-foot-10 inch sophomore outside hitter from the Dominican Republic; and 6-foot-3 inch senior middle blocker Ginna Lopez-Chavez from Lima, Peru, who was a preseason All-MEAC pick and a two-time first-team All-MEAC selection (2013, 2014). The third member is incoming freshman libero Valentina Carrasco also from Lima, Peru.
FAMU head coach Tanio “Tony” Trifonov was excited for his players and more excited for their potential impact on the 2015 Rattler volleyball team.
“This has been a great experience for our players, and hopefully they will provide the leadership that will help us elevate our play this year through the MEAC Tournament and potentially into the NCAA Tournament as well,” Trifonov said.
World Under 23 Championships Duo
The returning FAMU duo of Soriano and Lopez-Chavez played in the FIVB (International Federation for Volleyball) Under 23 World Volleyball Championships in Turkey, which concluded with Soriano as a member of the bronze medal–winning Dominican Republic National team, and Lopez-Chavez as a member of the Peruvian National team.
The Under 23 World Championships was the second summer event for Lopez-Chavez, who played for Peru in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto in July, along with FAMU Volleyball alumna, libero Susan Egoavil.
FAMU Freshman in Under 18 Championships
FAMU’s third international summer competitor was incoming freshman Valentina Carrasco, another in the long line of Lima, Peru natives to wear the Orange and Green.
Carrasco played in the FIVB Under 18 World Championships for Peru, finishing the event ranked as the number 5 libero overall in the event.
For more information on the FAMU volleyball team and all other Rattler sports teams, please visit www.FAMUAthletics.com.