Sep 06, 2014
OCALA- The College of Central Florida volleyball team opened up its home schedule with a pair of victories on Saturday afternoon.
CF (6-1), the state's top-ranked team and the No. 13 team in the nation, extended its winning streak to six matches, as it swept Gulf Coast State and took out Eastern Florida State in four sets.
"We were able to play a lot of people and this gave us the chance to see certain situations in a game rather than in practice," CF coach Flavia Siqueira said. "We practice many different things, but this was good to see how the players would react in different spots during a game.
"Still, we had too many moments where we were unfocused and we've got to correct this."
Against Gulf Coast (6-3), the Patriots were never threatened and rolled to a 25-19, 25-22, 25-15 win. Yaralismar Rodriguez (nine kills), Jasmyn Perry (eight kills) and Marina Adami (31 assists) led the way for CF, which finished with seven aces as a team.
From there, CF downed EFS 25-16, 24-26, 25-12, 25-11 to close out the day.
The Patriots dominated the final two sets after the Titans (4-5) tied the match up.
"We had some individuals play good defense, but overall as a team we didn't play very well," Siqueira said. "Volleyball is a game of angles and we put ourselves in some impossible situations on defense."
Julymar Otero finished with 21 kills and just four errors against EFS, while teammates Marcela Frazzoni added 13 kills. Adami neared the 2,000 assist mark for her career at CF with 40 in the win over EFS and Francesca Santeramo contributed a season-high 29 digs from her libero spot.
The Patriots will now turn their attention to a tough home match on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against Polk State.
"It's always tough when you play Polk," Siqueira said. "They are an aggressive team and they have an outstanding outside hitter, so we have to be pay attention to detail better than we did (on Saturday)."