Eagles advance to district championship game

The Eagles celebrate after defeating Daytona State to advance to the district championship game. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles celebrate after defeating Daytona State to advance to the district championship game. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Different opponent, same result. 

For the second time today, Polk State volleyball faced elimination after losing the first two sets of a match. 

And for the second time, the Eagles soared back to win three straight sets and stay alive in the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Volleyball Tournament in Bradenton, Fla.

After defeating Palm Beach earlier today, the Eagles battled the Falcons of Daytona State. 

Polk State lost 25-18 and 30-28 before winning 25-23, 25-22, and 15-11.

With the win, the Eagles (No. 2 FCSAA, No. 10 NJCAA) advance to play Central Florida (No. 1 FCSAA, No. 5 NJCAA) tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the District O Championship game. The winner qualifies for the NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball Championship tournament in Casper, Wyo.

"I thought we were tired. We had to battle Palm Beach earlier today, and I think we were running out of gas," said Head Coach German Del Valle.

"But our mental toughness got us this win. And our bench was huge, bringing so much energy to us. Once again, we followed the game plan and we got the win."

Yue Wu made 28 kills, 17 digs, three aces, and an assist.

Kathya Garcia recorded 21 kills, 14 digs, two blocks, an assist, and an ace.

Cristina Castillo added 52 assists, 13 digs, four blocks, a kill, and an ace.

Keisha Santana had 28 digs and three assists. 

Anilise Fitzi contributed eight kills, eight blocks, an assist, and a dig.

Aurora Alderman finished with 11 digs and an assist.

Veronika Nemcova made five kills, three blocks, and two digs.

Alejandra Sanabria had two blocks and two 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.

Polk State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. For additional information, visit polk.edu/equity<http://www.polk.edu/equity-diversity/>.