Eagles resume winning ways against Central Florida

Diana Carranza serves against Central Florida. She finished with 26 digs, three blocks, and three aces. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Diana Carranza serves against Central Florida. She finished with 26 digs, three blocks, and three aces. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Returning to action for the first time in nearly a month, Polk State volleyball won its fifth straight match tonight, defeating Mid-Florida Conference rival College of Central Florida 3-1 in Winter Haven. 

Due to hurricane-related cancellations, the Eagles had not played since Aug. 29. 

After the Eagles cruised to a 25-16 win in the first set, the Patriots, trailing 15-10, rallied for a 25-23 win in set two. 

Polk State took the final sets 25-18 and 26-24. 

"We're glad that we're playing volleyball again," said Head Coach German Del Valle. 

"We haven't played for a while. I think our players are trying to bond more and trying to buy into what we want to do, but it's hard because we haven't played a lot of matches together. 

"The kids are doing a good job in practice, though, so hopefully we can keep winning."   

Kathya Garcia led the Eagles in kills with 18. She also had nine digs, four blocks, and a pair of aces. 

Diana Carranza made 26 digs, earning a spot in the 25 Dig Club. She added three assists and three aces. 

Manuela Vargas recorded 30 assists, five digs, two kills, a block, and three aces. 

Anilise Fitzi contributed 12 kills, nine blocks, and three digs. 

Chiara Bosetti added nine digs, six kills, three blocks, and an ace. 

Nicky Pio tallied 14 assists and four blocks. 

Dominika Nemcova finished with six kills, two digs, and a block. 

Veronika Nemcova made two kills and a dig. 

Aurora Alderman had six digs, while Kaylee Gartino added two blocks and a dig. 

Alexa Barral made a kill and a block. 

The Eagles (7-2, 3-0, No. 5 FCSAA, No. 19 NJCAA) take a trip to Gainesville Saturday for a pair of non-conference matches. They face Florida State College at Jacksonville at noon and Santa Fe College at 4 p.m.  

 

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