Polk State won its fourth straight volleyball match tonight, beating Suncoast Conference rival Hillsborough Community College (26-24, 25-19, 19-25, 25-18) in Winter Haven.
The two teams entered the match in a three-way tie for first place in the conference.
"It was an important match for us," said Head Coach German Del Valle. "It was crucial for our hopes of winning the conference."
"We played well under pressure," said Del Valle. "We had to. HCC is a good team, and they have a great system. I told our team we're not expecting to win games 25-15. It's going to be hard, and they have great hitters.
"Tactically, we did what we practiced to do, and I think that was the difference."
For the Eagles, Rossanna Ramos had 29 digs, marking the third time this season she has joined the 25 Dig Club. She also dished out three assists.
Elisabeth Piroli recorded 57 assists to go with two kills and two blocks.
Ana Karine Cavalcante had 14 kills, 10 digs, and two blocks.
Suheily Colon made 11 kills, two blocks, and one dig.
The Eagles (9-15, 3-1) have a week off before hosting St. Petersburg College Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.