CF Volleyball downs MSU-West Plains, IRSC at home

CF Volleyball downs MSU-West Plains, IRSC at home

The College of Central Florida volleyball team bounced back in a big way on Saturday afternoon.

One day after being swept at home for the first time in school history, CF, ranked No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in the state, knocked off No. 15 Missouri State University-West Plains 28-26, 25-18, 25-18 at Patriot Gym and then swept Indian River State 25-10, 25-18, 25-18.

The Patriots (9-2) showed no effects from its loss to the Sharks on Friday, as they dominated West Plains, a program that has already faced numerous nationally-ranked opponents in the early portion of its season.

"I think we were much more disciplined against (MSU) and the players listened a little better," CF coach Flavia Siqueira said. "We made some changes that we needed to make.

"Our passing was good, but our serving was inconsistent. We had a lot of errors that were decisive especially (on Friday against MDC). We've got to improve."

In the opener against West Plains, CF jumped out to an 11-5 lead, but saw the Grizzlies (5-8) battle back and tie things at 24.

After a hitting error gave West Plains the lead, Marcela Frazzoni scored on a kill and an ace to put the Patriots back in front.

From there, West Plains stayed alive in the set after a kill by 6-foot-2 middle Penny Liu, but Julymar Otero gave the Patriots the win with consecutive kills.

CF then trailed 10-8 early in the second set, before three kills by Amanda Saunders sparked a 7-1 run.

The Grizzlies never got closer than four the rest of the way, as two kills by Otero down the stretch paved the way for CF.

Once again in the third set, the Patriots opened things in the middle, as Otero smacked down three kills during a 7-1 run, which made the score 16-9.

West Plains got as close as 22-17 late, but another kill by Saunders sparked a span where CF scored three of the final four points to end the match.

The Patriots closed out the day with a dominant victory over Indian River (5-6).

CF never trailed at any point of the match and earned its sixth sweep of the season.

In the win over West Plains, Yara Rodriguez (18 digs) along with Frazzoni (13 kills) and Otero (13 kills) led the way.

Against Indian River, Rodriguez (14 digs), Frazzoni (12 kills) and Otero (10 kills) led the way, which came on the heels of Otero totaling 17 kills and Frazzoni (eight) against MDC.

Over the last five matches, Otero has registered 70 kills and just 12 errors.

Frazzoni, meanwhile, has 25 kills and just four errors over the past two matches. 

The Patriots will return to action on Friday night in the Miami Dade Tournament. 

CF will face nationally-ranked San Jacinto (Tex.) and MDC on Friday, followed by a game against FSC-Jacksonville on Saturday.

"We've got a few days off and we must work to fix some things," Siqueira said.