Eagles split pair before home fans

A fan cheers the Eagles on to victory in the Polk State Tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
A fan cheers the Eagles on to victory in the Polk State Tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Playing on its home court today before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, Polk State split a pair of matches on the first day of the Polk State volleyball tournament. 

The Eagles (No. 3 FCSAA, No. 13 NJCAA) played well in the first match but lost 3-2 to Central Florida (30-28, 18-25, 19-25, 25-18, 12-15). 

The Patriots are ranked No. 4 FCSAA and No. 11 NJCAA. 

Yue Wu made 33 kills, 10 digs, two blocks, one ace and an assist. 

Dayanna Teixeira recorded 14 digs, nine kills, three aces, and three blocks. 

Elisabeth Piroli had 56 assists to go with eight digs, two aces, and a kill. 

Keisha Santana tallied 23 digs and two assists. 

Suheily Colon contributed six digs, five blocks, and four kills. 

Zoemy Barreto made seven kills, six digs, and two blocks. 

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

Nicole Boots added two aces and one dig. 

In the second match, the Eagles soared back to beat Miami Dade (No. 9 FCSAA) in three straight (25-13, 25-23, 25-17). 

Alejandra Robles led the Eagles with 18 assists along with four digs and three aces. 

Wu made 17 kills, 11 digs, two blocks, and an ace. 

Barreto added 11 kills plus seven digs and an ace.

Blanton had six kills, three blocks, and two digs. 

Santana recorded 18 digs, five assists, and a kill. 

Piroli contributed 15 assists, three blocks, two kills, and one dig. 

Colon had four kills, four blocks, and three digs. 

Teixeira made four kills, three digs, and two blocks. 

Boots added an ace and a dig, while Madison Wildey had three digs. 

More than 100 fans turned out to cheer for the Eagles, and Head Coach German Del Valle said he and the team appreciated the support. 

"We've been trying to build that spirit here, and it's great to see so many fans come out to support us. I know the players appreciate it." 

The Eagles end tournament play tomorrow with a noon match against Daytona State (No. 8 FCSAA).

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