Loss ends dream of national championship for Eagles

Ana Karine Cavalcante and the Eagles had their sights set on a national championship before losing tonight to Miami Dade. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Ana Karine Cavalcante and the Eagles had their sights set on a national championship before losing tonight to Miami Dade. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

The Polk State Eagles saw their dream of a national volleyball championship end tonight with a loss To Miami Dade College in the opening round of the NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball National Championship in Casper, Wyoming.

After dropping the first two games (16-25, 20-25), the Eagles fought back to take the next two (25-20, 25-23), forcing a fifth game. In that contest, Polk State had a 5-4 lead, but the Sharks tied it 5-5 before pulling away to a 15-10 win.
The loss drops the Eagles into the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament, where they face Hill College on Friday at noon. The highest Polk State can now finish in the tournament is in ninth place.

"This match could have gone to either team," said Head Coach German Del Valle. "We did what we had to do.  We stayed aggressive, but I think our hitters lost confidence at the end, and we couldn't put the other team away."

For the Eagles, Rossanna Ramos had 20 digs, an ace, one kill, and an assist.
 
Elisabeth Piroli recorded 32 assists, two kills, a block, and an ace.

Alejandra Robles added 19 assists and three digs. 

Ana Karine Cavalcante tallied 11 digs, 10 kills, and three assists.

Shatorreia Edgecombe finished with 11 kills, four blocks, and two digs. 

Genesis Castillo made 12 kills and six blocks.

Laina Blanton added nine kills and five blocks. 

Suheily Colon made five blocks, five kills, and three assists.

Yara Ramirez had 10 digs.

"I'm real proud of you guys," Del Valle told the players. "That was a great match. Down two games to none, we took Miami Dade to five games.

"We're one of only 16 teams in the nation that made it to Wyoming. The opportunity to be here is amazing. Let's come back strong tomorrow and win
Aug 18
Women's Volleyball 5:00 PM
at Florida Southern College
Scrimmage Lakeland, Fla.
Aug 19
Women's Volleyball TBA
TBA
Orlando, Fla.
Aug 22
Women's Volleyball 6:00 PM
Santa Fe College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Aug 25
Women's Volleyball 1:00 PM
at Eastern Florida State College
Titan Field House Melbourne, Fla.
Aug 25
Women's Volleyball 3:00 PM
vs. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
@ Melbourne, FL
Tri-Match @ Eastern Florida State College Melbourne, Fla.
Aug 26
Women's Volleyball 12:00 PM
vs. Miami Dade College
@ East Coast Invitational
Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Aug 26
Women's Volleyball 2:30 PM
at Indian River State College
East Coast Invitational Ft. Pierce, Fla.

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