Eagles headed to national tournament, play for state championship

Mariane Cassiano (5) and the Eagles celebrate after qualifying for the national championship tournament and a chance to play for the state tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Mariane Cassiano (5) and the Eagles celebrate after qualifying for the national championship tournament and a chance to play for the state tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State volleyball won again today, earning a berth in the national championship tournament for the fifth straight year. 

The Eagles also play for the state championship tomorrow at 2 PM in the NJCAAA District/FCSAA State Volleyball Tournament in Bradenton. The game will be broadcast live on the FCSAA Digital Network.

Polk State advanced to tomorrow's championship game by defeating Florida State College at Jacksonville 3-1 this afternoon. After dropping the first set 21-25, the Eagles soared back to win the next three by scores of 25-11, 25-21, and 25-23. 

"Wow, we just had a real battle," said Head Coach German Del Valle. "Jacksonville was amazing 

"But we were patient today and trusted in the process. Our kids followed the game plan and they deserve it.  

"They have been working and practicing for the last three weeks and now we're here. I think great things happen to good people." 

Gregna Fuentes led the Eagles with 42 assists. She also made two kills, nine digs, and served four aces. 

Chiara Bosetti posted a team-high 14 kills, along with two blocks, an assist, and seven digs.

Mariane Cassiano made 12 kills, eight digs, and five blocks.

Aixa Vigil reached double figures in digs (15) and kills (11). She also made four blocks and an ace. 

Diana Carranza also had 15 digs, along with four assists and an ace. 

Weiying Wu tallied 10 kills, five blocks, and a dig. 

Alexa Barral finished with six blocks, two digs, and a kill.

Nayeli Vilchez collected two digs, an assist, a block, and a kill.

Hannah Forbes added three digs.

Yesterday, the Eagles began the state tournament by beating Richard Bland College and Santa Fe College by scores of 3-0.

The Eagles, who won the Mid-Florida Conference with a 6-0 record, have a 21-5 record this season and are ranked No. 2 in the nation (NJCAA D1) and No. 2 in the state (FCSAA).

The NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball Championship begins Nov. 15 in Hutchinson, Kansas. 

 

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