Eagles down Hawks for crucial win

Keisha Santana and the Eagles soared into a tie for second place with a 3-1 win over Hillsborough. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Keisha Santana and the Eagles soared into a tie for second place with a 3-1 win over Hillsborough. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State volleyball got a big win today, defeating Suncoast Conference rival Hillsborough Community College 3-1 in Tampa. 

With the victory – their eighth straight -- the Eagles pulled into a tie with Hillsborough for second place in the conference. 

It was the final regular-season conference game for both teams. 

The two teams would have a one-game playoff, with the winner advancing to the state tournament – unless first-place St. Petersburg College loses at least one of its two remaining conference games, which could result in a three-team tie for first place. 

Today the Eagles won the first two sets 25-22 and 26-24, dropped the third 22-25, and took the fourth and final set 26-24. 

Yue Wu made 17 kills, 13 digs, three blocks, two assists, and an ace. 

Cristina Castillo recorded 39 assists, three blocks, three aces, and a kill. 

Kathya Garcia had 13 kills, eight digs, five aces, and a block. 

Keisha Santana contributed 17 digs and four assists. 

Anilise Fitzi added six blocks, three kills, two digs, and an assist. 

Alejandra Sanabria tallied five kills, three blocks, and a dig. 

Dominika Nemcova made eight kills and a dig. 

Aurora Alderman finished with four digs and a pair of aces. 

Nicole Boots had three digs, while Veronika Nemcova added a kill and a dig. 

The Eagles (20-6, 5-3, No. 5 FCSAA, No. 15 NJCAA) have a Sophomore Night game against St. Johns River State College on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Winter Haven.

Aug 25
Women's Volleyball 1:00 PM
at Eastern Florida State College
Melbourne, Fla.
Aug 25
Women's Volleyball 3:00 PM
at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Melbourne, Fla.
Aug 26
Women's Volleyball 12:00 PM
at Miami Dade College
Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Aug 26
Women's Volleyball 2:30 PM
at Indian River State College
Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Aug 29
Women's Volleyball 6:00 PM
at Hillsborough Community College
Tampa, Fla.
Sep 01
Women's Volleyball 1:00 PM
Wharton County Junior College
San Jacinto Labor Day Tournament Pasadena, Texas
Sep 01
Women's Volleyball 8:00 PM
vs. Hill College
@ San Jacinto, TX

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