Eagles play tomorrow for spot in national championship

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

Polk State played the College of Central Florida three times this season, losing each match. In those matches, the Eagles won just one game.

Everything changed today when the Eagles beat the Patriots (18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-18) in the third round of the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Volleyball Tournament in Jacksonville.

With the victory, Polk State advances to play Gadsden State at noon on Sunday, with the winner earning a berth in the NJCAA Tournament 

"I don't have any words," said Head Coach German Del Valle after the victory. "This is one of the more exciting times I've had in my life. 

"I dedicate this game to these players. This is one of the best teams I've ever coached. They work hard and they're good people. We came to the court with the mentality that we were going to win this game."  

For the Eagles, Rossanna Ramos had 22 digs, two kills, two aces, and two assists.

Elisabeth Piroli recorded 40 assists, 10 digs, one block, and a kill.

Genesis Castillo made nine kills, eight digs, six blocks, and an ace.

Ana Karine Cavalcante had 15 digs, three aces, and two blocks.
Suheily Colon made 10 blocks and two kills.
Laina Blanton tallied eight kills, four blocks, and three digs.

Shatorreia Edgecombe contributed 15 kills, four blocks and two digs.

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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