Eagles stay alive with win over Gulf Coast

The Eagles celebrate after beating Gulf Coast to advance in the state tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles celebrate after beating Gulf Coast to advance in the state tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

In another must-win match, Polk State beat Gulf Coast State College tonight in the second round of the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Volleyball Tournament in Jacksonville.

The Eagles dropped the first game 15-25 and then soared back to win three straight (25-13, 25-14, 21-16).

With the victory, Polk State will play College of Central Florida on Saturday at 11 a.m. If the Eagles win, they play Gadsden State on Sunday, with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Tournament

"All due respect to Gulf Coast, I think our team was a little more athletic," said Head Coach German Del Valle. "We had more size, we saw the way they warmed up, and we had confidence.

"But you still have to compete. If a team is here, there is a reason why. I cautioned our players against getting overconfident. I told our players we needed to respect them. They were a good team. "

For the Eagles, Elisabeth Piroli had another strong performance, recording 36 assists, 13 digs, two kills, one block, and one ace.

Genesis Castillo had 10 kills, eight digs, two, aces, and one assist.

Ana Karine Cavalcante made 11 digs, 10 kills, four aces, and one assist.
Yara Ramirez tallied 13 digs, one ace, and an assist.
Rossanna Ramos had 13 digs and an ace.

Laina Blanton made four kills and two blocks, while Shatorreia Edgecombe had 15 kills and four digs.

Suheily Colon finished with two kills, a dig, and a block.

Sep 21
Women's Volleyball 12:00 PM
vs. Florida State College at Jacksonville
@ Miami Dade Invitational (Miami, FL)
Miami, FL
Sep 21
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
vs. Palm Beach State College
Miami Dade College Tournament
Sep 22
Women's Volleyball 10:00 AM
vs. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Miami Dade Tournament Miami, FL
Sep 22
Women's Volleyball 4:00 PM
at Miami Dade College
Miami Dade Tournament Miami, Fla.
Sep 25
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
Eastern Florida State College
Winter Haven, FL
Sep 27
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
at College of Central Florida
Ocala, FL
Oct 02
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
at Daytona State College
LIVE WDSCTV Broadcast Daytona Beach, FL

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