Eagles ground Falcons to advance in state tourney

Zoemy Barreto, Dayanna Teixeira, and Alejandra Robles celebrate after the Eagles beat Daytona State to advance in the state tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Zoemy Barreto, Dayanna Teixeira, and Alejandra Robles celebrate after the Eagles beat Daytona State to advance in the state tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Facing elimination, Polk State knocked off the Daytona State Falcons today in five games (25-19, 8-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-12) in the second round of the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Volleyball Tournament in Jacksonville.

"We played with a lot of heart and a lot of desire today," said Head Coach German Del Valle.

"But everybody now is playing to stay alive. I have a lot of respect for Daytona State. Their coach changed her lineup a lot of times and had our defense confused. Her players did a really good job."

The key to victory, said Del Valle, was Polk State's serves.

"Daytona State was good in transition but not on first contact. We served aggressively, and I think that made the difference for us."

For the Eagles, Elisabeth Piroli had 29 assists, four digs, two blocks, and an ace.

Alejandra Robles added 12 assists and four digs.

Ana Karine Cavalcante made 18 digs, 14 kills, and two aces.

Rossanna Ramos had 15 digs, three aces, and one kill.

Shatorreia Edgecombe made 14 kills, six blocks, and four digs.

Suheily Colon tallied seven blocks, two digs, and two kills.
Laina Blanton had eight blocks and four kills.

Genesis Castillo added nine blocks and one dig.

Yara Ramirez chipped in eight digs, two aces, and an assist.

The Eagles take on Gulf Coast State College today at 5 p.m. With a victory, Polk State will advance to Saturday's competition.

 

 

 
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