Six Polk State College volleyball players were recognized by the Florida College System Activities Association for their outstanding play during the 2013 season.
Sophomore outside hitter Diannmarie Rivera (Puerto Rico), freshman outside hitter Shatorreia Edgecombe (Dame) and freshman libero Rossanna Ramos (Puerto Rico) were named to the All-Suncoast Conference First Team for the No. 17 Eagles (22-15)
Players are voted on by the conference coaches. Coaches do not vote for their own players. Twelve players comprise each team.
Conference winner Hillsborough and Polk each placed six players on the teams.
The six Polk players are representative of another strong season by the Eagles, with victories over ranked opponents, an NJCAA national ranking for the majority of the season and a second-place finish in the state's most competitive conference.
"In order to be ranked No. 17 and to finish second in the conference, and if you look at our quality losses, this is the reason why," said head coach German Del Valle. "We have individuals who put it together to make a good team."
Rivera returned after sitting out in 2012 with an injury to make the team for a second time.
She ranks second on the team in kills and assists and provides quiet leadership.
"She's an example on the floor," said coach German Del Valle. "She does her job every night. You can just count on her."
"She's an inspirational player," said assistant Line Oliveira. She inspires us to be better coaches."
Edgecombe is another quiet, but productive Eagle. She ranks 25th in the NJCAA in kills and leads the team in the same category.
The honor is a mild surprise for Edgecombe. She has played just one year of high school volleyball, but opponents know her powerful arm and jaw-dropping jumps.
"She's been a big secret," Del Valle said. "God gave her some kind of ability. This speaks well of her."
Ramos was another quiet player who found her voice and became a back row leader. She is tops in digs for Polk.
"She's getting better every day," said Del Valle. "Her knowledge of the game helps us. She's just one of two liberos recognized and the other is a sophomore. It's a position you are not going to be noticed at unless you are outstanding."
Toth is small in stature at 5'6, but she's big in heart. As Polk's only setter, she rarely took a seat on the bench.
"We're grateful for what she's done all year," Del Valle said. "She works so hard. She goes and she gets it. She never complains. I'm excited our conference put its faith in her, just like us."
Toth is 16th in the NJCAA in assists per set.
Savage is the team's tallest player who can block and contribute on the attack.
"She has changed our game," Del Valle said. "She's one of the top offensive players we have."
Karine-Cavalcante plays both right side and outside hitter for Polk.
"She's learning the system," said Del Valle. "She's stepped up. She's one of our more powerful hitters and is a team player."