Eagles split on first day of Polk State tournament

Yue Wu and the Eagles celebrate during a win over Daytona State. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Yue Wu and the Eagles celebrate during a win over Daytona State. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State split a pair of matches today at the Polk State Volleyball Tournament in Winter Haven. 

In a battle of the birds, the Eagles soared past the Daytona State College Falcons 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-21). 

Prior to the start of play today, Daytona State was the only team to have beaten the Eagles. 

 "We didn't play well in that loss," said Head Coach German Del Valle. "So this game was very important, and it was great that we got the win today." 

Kathya Garcia led the Eagles with seven aces, 10 digs, five kills, an assist, and a block. 

Yue Wu had 17 kills, nine digs, three aces, and a block. 

Nicky Pio made 22 assists, five blocks, and three aces. 

Nicole Boots added six digs and a pair of aces. 

Veronika Nemcova recorded six kills and two digs. 

Anilise Fitzi had five blocks, three kills, and an assist. 

Dominika Nemcova tallied two kills, a dig, and an ace. 

Cristina Castillo made four assists and one dig. 

Aurora Alderman added two digs and an assist. 

Alejandra Sanabria had three kills.

Playing without Wu, who rested a sore knee, the Eagles fell to Miami Dade College 3-0 (23-25, 23-25, 20-25). The Eagles had leads in every set, but the Sharks fought back each time. 

"I love what we did," said Del Valle. "We battled, and I'm really proud of our players. 

"Miami Dade is a strong team and a big team, and they have a lot of passion. But we competed a lot. We just made mistakes here and there, and they took advantage of them." 

Garcia made 11 kills, six digs, a pair of aces, and an assist. 

Pio recorded 28 assists, five kills, four blocks, and four digs. 

Boots added 11 digs. 

Fitzi had nine kills, three blocks, two digs, and an assist. 

Veronika Nemcova tallied 10 digs, six kills, four blocks, and three aces. 

Dominika Nemcova finished with six kills, five digs, two blocks, and an assist. 

Sanabria made five blocks, five digs, and two kills. 

Castillo had four assists, and Alderman added two digs. 

The Eagles (11-2, No. 1 FCSAA, No. 3 NJCAA) resume tournament action tomorrow at 10 a.m. against Florida State College at Jacksonville and at 3 p.m. against Missouri State University-West Plains (No. 5 NJCAA).

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