With loss, Eagles now tied for first

Suheily Colon goes for a kill against Hillsborough. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Suheily Colon goes for a kill against Hillsborough. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

No. 1 Polk State's nine-game winning streak ended tonight as the Eagles lost 3-0 to No. 2 Hillsborough Community College in Winter Haven. 

With the win, the Hawks moved into a tie with the Eagles for first place in the Suncoast Conference. 

Each team has one conference game remaining. If they end the season with identical conference records, they will have a playoff for the conference championship Oct. 27 at a site to be determined. 

The Eagles struggled in the first set, losing 15-25. Their play improved in the second game, and they had an 18-13 lead before falling 25-27. They also built a 13-8 lead in the third set but could not hold it, losing 20-25. 

"Hillsborough was better than us today," said Head Coach German Del Valle. "We did a lot of good things, but at times it looked like we forgot how to play volleyball. 

"I did not see the same team tonight that I have seen playing in the last three weeks. But Hillsborough played well. They played good defense and we didn't, and I think that was the big difference." 

For the Eagles, Zoemy Barreto had 10 digs, six kills, and an ace. 

Yue Wu made 19 kills and eight digs. 

Elisabeth Piroli recorded 30 assists, eight digs, a kill, and an ace. 

Dayanna Teixeira finished with six digs, four kills, a block, an ace, and an assist. 

Keisha Santana added 16 digs and an assist. 

Laina Blanton had five digs and two kills. 

Suheily Colon added four kills and two digs. 

Mariafernanda Bolivar contributed two digs and a kill, while Siena Kelley added a kill and a dig. 

Nicole Boots and Madison Wildey each had a dig. 

The Eagles (19-8, 6-1, No. 1 FCSAA, No. 5 NJCAA) hit the road tomorrow for a 6 p.m. match at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

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