Eagles ground Falcons for first win of season

Keisha Santana celebrates after the Eagles scored a point against Daytona State. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Keisha Santana celebrates after the Eagles scored a point against Daytona State. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State volleyball got its first win tonight, beating Daytona State 3-1 in Winter Haven. 

The Eagles struggled in the first game, as the Falcons won 25-18. 

The Eagles then soared back to win the next three, 25-18, 24-20, and 25-19. 

"We had not been passing well, but after game one we started passing the way we should," said Head Coach German Del Valle. 

"It feels good to get our first win and to get it at home." 

Del Valle said that while the Eagles played with a lot of passion and intensity, they have to work on consistency. 

"They really want to work hard for their teammates, for the school, and for the coaches, so when they make mistakes they feel disappointed. But I keep telling them it's OK. We're going to learn from them. It's hard for the new players to learn our system in just three weeks." 

Keisha Santana had 25 digs, earning a spot in the 25 Dig Club. She added an ace and an assist. 

Elisabeth Piroli had 41 assists, 13 digs, four aces, and one block. 

Yue Wue tallied 17 kills, 13 digs, one block, and one assist. 

Zoemy Barreto contributed 13 digs, eight kills, and a block. 

Suheily Colon made nine kills, three digs, and one block. 

Dayanna Teixeira had 15 digs, nine kills, and two blocks. 

Laina Blanton finished with three blocks, three kills, and one assist. 

The Eagles (1-1) travel to Tampa on Friday for the Hillsborough Community College Volleyball Kickoff Classic. They play Indian River State at 1:45 p.m. and have a rematch with Daytona State at 6 p.m.

 
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