Eagles finish Polk State tourney 2-2

Kathya Garcia (7) led the Eagles to a 2-0 record and was named Player of the Week. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)
Kathya Garcia (7) led the Eagles to a 2-0 record and was named Player of the Week. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State went 1-1 again today at the Polk State Volleyball Tournament in Winter Haven. 

The Eagles defeated Florida State College at Jacksonville 3-1. 

After dropping the first set 25-15, the Eagles soared back to win three straight by scores of 25-16, 25-23, and 25-18. 

Sophomore Yue Wu did not play due to a knee injury. 

"Teams have to work as a group, and everybody depends on somebody else sometime," said Head Coach German Del Valle. 

"Believe it or not this is good for us because now we are facing adversity. We lost game one badly and then came back to win the next three." 

Kathya Garcia led the Eagles with 26 kills, 20 digs, four blocks, and a pair of aces. 

Nicky Pio had 28 assists, seven digs, five blocks, and three kills. 

Dominika Nemcova contributed 13 kills, a block, an assist, and a dig. 

Keisha Santana made 17 digs and three assists. 

Anilise Fitzi recorded seven kills, five blocks, and two digs. 

Cristina Castillo added 13 assists, three digs, and an ace. 

Alejandra Sanabria tallied three digs and two blocks. 

Nicole Boots had six digs, an assist, and an ace. 

Kaylee Gartino made three blocks, a dig, and a kill. 

With Wu again on the bench, the Eagles lost 3-0 to Missouri State University-West Plains (25-27, 12-25, 21-25). 

"There were times when we could have made a decision with the ball, but we didn't make a decision," said Del Valle. 

"We were up and down mentally, but part of that is a credit to West Plains. They're a tough team, they hustle, and they play aggressively at the net. We were not as strong as them today." 

Pio made 21 assists, eight digs, five blocks, and three aces. 

Garcia recorded 14 kills and four digs. 

Santana added 18 digs and an assist. 

Fitzi had seven kills, seven blocks, four digs, and two assists. 

Dominika Nemcova contributed six kills, two digs, and two blocks. 

Veronika Nemcova made three kills, two digs, and an assist. 

Castillo finished with six assists, a dig, and an ace. 

Boots had five digs. 

The Eagles (12-3, No. 1 FCSAA, No. 3 NJCAA) return to action Saturday when they travel to Avon Park for a Suncoast Conference match against South Florida State College.

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