WINTER HAVEN- The College of Central Florida volleyball team extended its winning streak to seven consecutive matches, as they defeated Polk State and State College of Florida on the first day of the Polk State Invitational, before dropping a five-set thriller to reigning state champions Miami Dade College.
The Patriots (NJCAA No. 11/FCSAA No. 4) won a five-set thriller 28-30, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 15-12 over FCSAA No. 3 Polk State and swept SCF-Manatee 25-20, 25-23, 25-13 to close out the day on Friday afternoon.
The win was the second on the year over Polk for CF. A year ago, the Eagles knocked the Patriots out of the state tournament.
In the win over SCF, Fonseca (17 kills) and Azevedo (10 kills) led the way. The victory was a measure of revenge for CF against the Manatees, who they fell to in last year's opening round.
On Saturday afternoon, CF gave defending state champion MDC all it wanted. The Sharks, though, battled back by taking the final two sets.
CF won the opener 25-18 and the third set 25-20, which saw a 25-23 win for MDC sandwiched in between. MDC then won 25-19 and clinched the match in a lengthy 20-18 tiebreaker.
Nathaly Alvarez (26 assists, 14 kills) and Luisa Soares (20 kills) led the way for CF.
The Patriots will open up their home regular season slate tomorrow versus FSC-Jacksonville. First serve is at 6 p.m. CF knocked off FSC-J earlier this season in straight sets at the Miami Dade College Invitational
Currently, the Patriots are tied atop the MFC with rival Santa Fe at 2-0.