Eagles struggle against Manatees

Dominika Nemcova and Anilise Fitzi attempt to block a shot against the Manatees. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Dominika Nemcova and Anilise Fitzi attempt to block a shot against the Manatees. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State volleyball lost 2-3 to State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota tonight in a Suncoast Conference match in Winter Haven. 

The Eagles won the first two sets 27-25 and 25-11, but the Manatees rallied to take the final three (25-19, 25-23, 15-10). 

"We have to play better," said Head Coach German Del Valle. 

"The other team wanted it more tonight. That's the bottom line. You can be the best player in the world but you have to want it, and we're not that team right now." 

After starting the season 10-1, the Eagles have lost four of their last six matches. 

Yue Wu had 22 kills, 16 digs, an assist, and an ace.

Kathya Garcia made 18 kills, 16 digs, two assists, a block, and a pair of aces. 

Cristina Castillo recorded 33 assists, nine digs, and one kill. 

Nicky Pio had 19 assists, five kills, four digs, a block, and an ace. 

Dominika Nemcova tallied nine kills, four digs, three blocks, an assist, and an ace. 

Nicole Boots added 13 digs, five assists, and three aces. 

Anilise Fitzi made eight kills, four blocks, two assists, and a dig. 

Alejandra Sanabria contributed three kills and three blocks. 

Aurora Alderman had two digs and a pair of aces. 

The Eagles (12-5, 0-2, No. 2 FCSAA, No. 9 NJCAA) travel to St. Petersburg on Saturday for games against St. Petersburg College at noon and Indian River State College at 3 p.m. 

Sep 26
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
College of Central Florida
Winter Haven, Fla.
Sep 30
Women's Volleyball 12:00 PM
at Florida State College at Jacksonville
Gainesville, Fla.
Sep 30
Women's Volleyball 4:00 PM
at Santa Fe College
Gainesville, Fla.
Oct 03
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
Daytona State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 05
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
Eastern Florida State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 10
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 12
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
at College of Central Florida
Ocala, Fla.

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