Eagles get big win over St. Pete

The Eagles celebrate after soaring past St. Pete 3-1. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles celebrate after soaring past St. Pete 3-1. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State volleyball soared to its seventh straight win tonight, defeating Suncoast Conference rival St. Petersburg College 3-1 in Winter Haven. 

After winning the first set 25-14, the Eagles dropped the next one 23-25. They then won 26-24 and 25-17 to take the match. 

With the victory, the third-place Eagles improved to 4-3 in the conference and kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the state tournament. 

"I don't know how to explain how excited I am about this win," said Head Coach German Del Valle. 

"It was about fighting. We lost game two, but we worked hard. The mindset is we play as a team. We didn't set the ball just to Phoebe [Yue Wu]. We moved the ball around and made everybody be part of this win." 

Kathya Garcia led the Eagles with 28 kills along with 17 digs, an assist, and an ace. 

Yue Wu made 15 dogs, 10 kills, four aces, and two assists. 

Cristina Castillo recorded 44 assists, eight digs, three kills, and a block. 

Anilise Fitzi had 12 kills, four digs, and two blocks. 

Keisha Santana added 14 digs and four assists. 

Dominika Nemcova tallied seven kills, three blocks, two digs, and an assist. 

Alejandra Sanabria made six blocks, three digs, and two kills. 

Aurora Alderman contributed nine digs, an assist, and an ace. 

Nicole Boots finished with six digs and two assists. 

Nicky Pio had six digs and two assists before leaving with an ankle injury in the first set. 

The Eagles (19-6, 4-3, No. 5 FCSAA, No. 15 NJCAA) travel to Tampa Saturday for a 6 p.m. match against Hillsborough Community College.

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