Eagles win in first round of national championship tournament

The Eagles celebrate after winning in the first round of the national championship volleyball tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles celebrate after winning in the first round of the national championship volleyball tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

No. 6 Polk State got off to a good start today, beating No. 11 San Jacinto-Central 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-15) in the first round of the NJCAA Division I Volleyball National Championship tournament in Casper, Wyo. 

The Eagles advance to play No. 3 Northwest today at 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

"The energy was here today," said Head Coach German Del Valle. 

"We had a rough start in the first set, but we called a time out, talked about it, and got back out there. 

"I think the players want it. To beat us, people are going to have to play. With the way that we practiced last week, and the chemistry we have on this team, the kids are doing a good job right now." 

Yue Wu led the Eagles' attack with 16 kills, 18 digs, a pair of aces, and three assists. 

Elisabeth Piroli recorded 33 assists along with eight digs, two blocks, and one kill.

Suheily Colon made six kills and five blocks. 

Zoemy Barreto contributed nine kills, nine digs, two assists, two blocks, and an ace.

Dayanna Teixeira finished with seven kills, five digs, one block, and an assist.

Laina Blanton had three kills and one block.

Keisha Santana made 14 digs, a pair of aces, and two assists. 

Madison Wildey added an ace.

 
8/18/17 5:00 PM
Women's Volleyball
Polk State College
at Florida Southern College
Scrimmage Lakeland, Fla.
8/19/17 TBA
Women's Volleyball
TBA
at Polk State College
8/22/17 7:00 PM
Women's Volleyball
Santa Fe College
at Polk State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
8/25/17 1:00 PM
Women's Volleyball
Polk State College
at Eastern Florida State College
Titan Field House Melbourne, Fla.
8/25/17 3:00 PM
Women's Volleyball
Polk State College
vs. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
@ Melbourne, Fla.
Melbourne, Fla.
8/26/17 12:00 PM
Women's Volleyball
Polk State College
vs. Miami Dade College
@ Indian River State College
Ft. Pierce, Fla.
8/26/17 2:30 PM
Women's Volleyball
Polk State College
at Indian River State College
Ft. Pierce, Fla.
CONF ALL
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota 2-6 7-13
Hillsborough Community College 7-1 34-6
St. Petersburg College 3-5 12-8
Polk State College 6-2 24-12
South Florida State College 2-6 4-21

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