The Polk State College women's volleyball team got what they wanted to open the season Friday as they garnered attention with a fiercely battled five-set loss to No. 16 Western Wyoming and a 3-2 victory over Jefferson College of Missouri in the Reiver Classic in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The Eagles (1-1) gave it all they had Friday, falling to Western Wyoming 8-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 6-15.
"We lost the Western Wyoming match, but they were hitting together," said second-year head coach German Del Valle. "Every single player on this team felt proud to represent the school and compete and put something on the table for the team."
Polk entered the tournament in an effort to gain national attention in an event which featured at least three nationally-ranked opponents.
"What I saw was that we were together the whole time and we fought together," Del Valle added. "Even the girls on the bench were dynamic."
Polk opened the season with a 25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-9 win over Jefferson as two Eagles posted double doubles in the final set.
Diannemarie Rivera-Romero (Puerto Rico) was a force in both matches.
She tallied 17 kills and 11 digs in the final set against Western Wyoming. She also recorded 24 digs and eight kills in the deciding game against Jefferson.
Polk showed a never-say-die effort in the fifth set of both games.
Polk freshman outside hitter Shatorreia Edgecombe (Dame) registered 11 kills and three aces in the final set against Western Wyoming.
"She was amazing," said Del Valle. "She was out of her mind."
In the final set against Jefferson, freshman libero Rossanna Rosado (Puerto Rico) and Toth each scored double doubles.
Rosado scored 13 digs and 24 assists. Toth turned in 24 assists and 10 digs.
Sophomore middle blocker Cheye-Anne Savage (Hudson) took care of the power with 12 kills and four blocks.
Rivera-Romero tallied 24 digs.
Savage posted five kills as the Eagles recovered from losing the second and third set, to lead the Eagles to a 25-17 win in the fourth set.
Polk takes on sixth-ranked Salt Lake Community College of Utah today followed by a match with Barton Community College of Kansas.