Eagles earn chance to play for national championship

The Eagles celebrate after earning a berth in NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball National Championship. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles celebrate after earning a berth in NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball National Championship. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

For the first time in school history, a Polk State volleyball team has advanced to the national tournament.

 The Eagles earned the tournament berth today, beating Gadsden State Community College (25-13, 15-12, 25-16) in Jacksonville to win the District P Championship.
 
They will play for the NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball National Championship in Casper, Wyoming, Nov. 20-22.

"I dedicate this game to the Lord and to everybody who had something to do with this team," said Head Coach German Del Valle.

"It's exciting to have an opportunity to play for a national championship. This is the best team that any coach could ask for. This is an amazing time, and we just want to enjoy it."

Co-captain Rossanna Ramos said, "I am so excited because we made it happen. Nobody believed in us, nobody believed in Polk, and we proved them wrong. I'm proud of my Eagles."

Athletic Director Bing Tyus also expressed pride in the team.

"This is unbelievable," he said. "I'm just so proud of them because we had a rough start and to come on like they have and to play the way they have is just incredible. I'm really proud of this team."

For the Eagles, Ramos had 21 digs, four assists, and two aces.

Elisabeth Piroli recorded 30 assists, four digs, and a kill.

Genesis Castillo made seven kills, six digs, and two blocks.
 
Ana Karine Cavalcante tallied nine kills, six digs, and two aces.
 
Alejandra Robles had five assists, two digs, and a kill.
 
Shatorreia Edgecombe made 15 kills, four blocks, and a dig.

Yara Ramirez added nine digs and an ace.

Suheily Colon contributed two blocks, a kill, one assist, and a dig

Laina Blanton had five kills and four blocks.

Dayanna Teixeira had a kill and a dig, while Zoemy Barretto chipped in three digs. 

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