Eagles come close but fall to No. 1 Miami Dade in state tournament

Head Coach German Del Valle addresses the team before the start of today's match. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Head Coach German Del Valle addresses the team before the start of today's match. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

No. 6 Polk State fell four points short of upsetting No. 1 Miami Dade College today in the opening round of the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Volleyball Tournament in Jacksonville.

The Eagles won games one and three (25-20, 25-10) while the Sharks took the second and fourth games (14-25, 20-25).

Polk State led 7-6 in the deciding game before falling 11-15.

"I think we showed today that we can play with anybody," said Head Coach German Del Valle.

"Finishing second in our conference means the road to the state finals is going to be a little harder. We worked so hard in practice the last week, and we played well today, but we just didn't win the last game.

"After the match I told our players that we played the best team in the state, and it should be winning or losing in five. So tomorrow we have to play like we did today but do a little better and we'll have a good chance of winning."

For the Eagles, Rossanna Ramos is this week's NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week had 19 digs.

Elisabeth Piroli tallied 22 assists, 10 digs, one kill, and an ace.

Alejandra Robles added 19 assists to go with three digs and an ace.

Ana Karine Cavalcante had 12 digs, seven kills, two blocks, and an assist.

Shatorreia Edgecombe made 15 kills, three digs, and three blocks.

Yara Ramirez had 15 digs, while Laina Blanton made four blocks and two kills.

Suheily Colon had two blocks, two digs, and an ace 

Dayanna Teixeira made 12 kills, two blocks, and one dig, while Genesis Castillo had six kills, one dig, and one block.

The Eagles drop into the loser's bracket, where they must win to stay alive in the tournament. They face Daytona State tomorrow at 1 p.m.

 
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