Eagles win district volleyball championship

The Eagles celebrate after winning the district championship. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
The Eagles celebrate after winning the district championship. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

The Polk State Eagles soared to a 3-0 victory over College of Central Florida today in the District O Championship game at the FCSAA State/NJCAA District Volleyball Tournament in Bradenton, Fla.

With the win, the Eagles (No. 2 FCSAA, No. 10 NJCAA) advance to the NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball Championship tournament in Casper, Wyo., for the third straight year.

"I feel blessed," said Head Coach German Del Valle. "I told the team that sometimes we get so busy in life that we don't take the time to be grateful.

"This season we came back after losing the first three matches in the conference, and then we had to win two matches yesterday after being down 0-2. 

"I just want to say thanks to the Lord that we have one more chance to compete for the national title."

Yue Wu led the Eagles with 20 kills, 10 digs, three assists, a block, and an ace.

Cristina Castillo made 38 assists, five digs, three blocks, and a pair of aces 

Kathya Garcia recorded 16 kills, eight digs, a block, and an ace.

Anilise Fitzi added eight kills, six blocks, and four digs.

Keisha Santana contributed 11 digs, an assist, and an ace.

Aurora Alderman had nine digs.

Alejandra Sanabria finished with a block and a kill.

Veronika Nemcova made two blocks and a kill.

Nicole Boots had an ace.

The NJCAA Division 1 Volleyball Championship takes place Nov. 17-19 in Casper, Wyo.

Sep 21
Women's Volleyball 7:00 PM
at Lake-Sumter State College
Leesburg, Fla.
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.

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