Eagles take two on first day of state tournament

Players and coaches celebrate after the Eagles won their second match on the first day of the NJCAA District/FCSAA State Tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Players and coaches celebrate after the Eagles won their second match on the first day of the NJCAA District/FCSAA State Tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State went 2-for-2 today on the first day of the NJCAA District/FCSAA State Volleyball Tournament in Bradenton, Fla.  

 

In their first match the Eagles defeated Richard Bland College 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-17). In the nightcap, Polk State beat Santa Fe 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-17).

"We haven't played for so long that I didn't know if we'd remember how to play as a team even though we've been training for three weeks," said Head Coach German Del Valle jokingly.

"Richard Bland College played well, and Santa Fe started strong against us but we rallied and showed why we've had success all year." 

Against Richard Bland, Aixa Vigil led the Eagles in kills with 13 and added a block and six digs. 

Diana Carranza had a team-high 13 digs along with two assists and a pair of aces.

Weiying Wu made eight kills and four blocks.

Mariane Cassiano recorded nine digs, six kills, an assist, and two blocks.

Alexa Barral contributed three kills, three blocks, and a dig.

Chiara Bosetti tallied four kills, four digs, and a pair of aces.

Vanessa Tirollo contributed four digs and served an ace.

Nina Finderle added three kills and two blocks.

Hannah Forbes made three digs while Nayeli Vilchez had two assists. 

Gregna Fuentes finished with a kill, a block, and a dig.

In the match against Santa Fe, Fuentes made a team-high 37 assists, adding eight digs, a kill, and a pair of aces. 

Once again Vigil led the team in kills (13) and made seven digs.

Barral had 10 kills, a dig, and two blocks.

Wu added nine kills while Carranza tallied 10 digs and an assist. 

Cassiano recorded five digs, three kills, a block, and an ace.

Forbes finished with two digs and a pair of aces.

The Eagles (20-5, No. 2 FCSAA, No. 2 NJCAA) advance to play Florida State College at Jacksonville tomorrow on 3 p.m. in Bradenton. 

 

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