Eagles rally to advance in national tournament

The Eagles pose for a team photo after defeating Hill College 3-2. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles pose for a team photo after defeating Hill College 3-2. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Down 0-2 to No. 5 Hill College and facing elimination, No. 9 Polk State soared back to win three straight sets tonight in the NJCAA Division 1 Women's Volleyball Championship in Hutchison, Kan. 

With the win over Hill, the Eagles (19-9) advance to play Mineral Area College tomorrow at 3:30 PM EST in the Fifth Place Match.

The Eagles struggled to find their rhythm today, losing the first two sets 24-26 and 18-25.

But a different Polk State team took the court for the third set, as the Eagles dominated the Rebels 25-12.

"Amazing comeback," said Head Coach German Del Valle.

"Once again, and I say it every day, we have unselfish people. We move people around, and everybody accepts their role. We got the W as a team.

"I think the way to beat people is to make them feel uncomfortable with what they do well, and we did that today with their best hitter.

"Once again, our players are unselfish. If you ask them to do something, they do what you ask."

Kathya Garcia led Polk State in kills with 16 and had nine digs, two blocks and an ace.

Manuela Vargas reached double figures in assists (40) and digs (11). 

Anilise Fitzi made 14 kills, six blocks, and a dig.

Chiara Bosetti contributed 15 digs, 12 kills, and a pair of aces.

Nicky Pio finished with 11 assists, nine digs, four kills, and a block. 

Diana Carranza added 17 digs, three assists, and two aces.

Alexa Barral had eight kills and five blocks.

Kaylee Gartino tallied four blocks and three kills.

Dominika Nemcova made four assists and a kill, Weiying Wu had two digs, and Aurora Alderman added a dig and an ace.






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