Eagles finish second in state volleyball tournament

After finishing second in the state volleyball tournament, the Eagles will advance to the national championship tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
After finishing second in the state volleyball tournament, the Eagles will advance to the national championship tournament. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

In today's state championship match, Polk State fell to Hillsborough Community College 3-0 (22-25, 17-25, 21-25) in the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Volleyball Tournament in Gulf Breeze.

The Eagles finish the tournament as NJCAA District G champions and as state champion runner-up.

Keisha Santana, Dayanna Teixeira, and Yue Wu earned spots on the All-Tournament Team.

The Eagles (22-10, No. 2 FCSAA, No. 9 NJCAA) now look forward to the NJCAA Division I national championship tournament Nov. 19-21 in Casper, Wyo.

"After a few hours we'll feel better, and we're excited that we're going to the national tournament, but we did not want to come here and lose this game," said Head Coach German Del Valle.

"And the way that we lost was disappointing. We did not compete. I think we were pleased to be going to nationals already, and we did not compete to win today."

Yue Wu had 12 kills, 11 digs, and one block.

Dayanna Teixeira recorded six kills, three digs, two blocks, and a pair of aces.

Elisabeth Piroli made 24 assists, five digs, a kill, and an ace.

Keisha Santana added 20 digs and an assist.

Laina Blanton recorded three kills, two digs, two blocks, and an assist.

Zoemy Barreto had seven kills and five digs 

Suheily Colon tallied eight kills, a block, and a dig.

Alejandra Robles finished with eight assists and four digs.

 
Sep 26
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
College of Central Florida
Winter Haven, Fla.
Sep 30
Women's Volleyball 12:00 PM
at Florida State College at Jacksonville
Gainesville, Fla.
Sep 30
Women's Volleyball 4:00 PM
at Santa Fe College
Gainesville, Fla.
Oct 03
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
Daytona State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 05
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
Eastern Florida State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 10
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
Winter Haven, Fla.
Oct 12
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
at College of Central Florida
Ocala, Fla.
CONF ALL
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota 2-6 7-13
Hillsborough Community College 7-1 34-6
St. Petersburg College 3-5 12-8
Polk State College 6-2 24-12
South Florida State College 2-6 4-21

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