Spring may be the off-season for volleyball, but Polk State has had an active spring while looking ahead to and preparing for the fall season.
The Eagles faced some tough competition when they played in a tournament at University of South Florida. Although they lost to USF and Florida Gulf Coast, they defeated University of Central Florida and Florida Atlantic University.
"It was a great opportunity for us to compete against schools at the NCAA level," said Head Coach German Del Valle.
"We showed that Florida's community and state colleges can play high-level volleyball. Our players also learn and develop by playing tougher competition."
Polk State also played in two sand volleyball tournaments, including one in March on the Winter Haven campus that included Warner University and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.
In February they played outdoors against Eastern Florida and Southeastern University, and they have an upcoming tournament at Rollins College, where they'll compete against Florida Southern College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
"We've had a good spring and we're looking forward to the fall season," said Del Valle.
"We have four freshmen returning, and they've done a good job on the court and in the classroom.
Polk State's sand volleyball tournament gave players a chance to sharpen their skills in two-on-two competition. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles will also welcome nine new student-athletes in August.
"They have a lot of experience and have shown a willingness to follow our system and continue what's important to us," said Del Valle. "We look forward to them joining us."