PALATKA- The College of Central Florida volleyball team clinched a share of the Mid-Florida Conference championship with a five-set win on the road against St. Johns River.
With the win, the Patriots improved to 8-1, one game up on Santa Fe and Daytona State with one game left to play.
It marked the fifth straight season that the Patriots have claimed at least a share of the MFC title. If CF wins at Santa Fe on Thursday night, it would claim its fourth outright MFC championship in five years.
A year ago, the Patriots and Saints were co-champions.
Against the Vikings on Tuesday, the Patriots won 25-18, 25-18, 16-25, 28-30, 15-8.
CF (20-11, 8-1) kept its all-time unbeaten streak against SJRSC and improved to 3-1 in conference matches that go the distance this season.
Overall, the Patriots are 4-7 this year when matches go the full five sets, but they have won the last two in conference, which have taken place over the last five days.
Playing for the seventh time and going the distance for fourth time during that span, CF was led by Julia Azevedo (22 kills), Nathaly Alvarez (35 assists, 13 digs), Yaralismar Rodriguez (22 digs) and Licie Leite (nine kills).
If CF is unable to win at Santa Fe, there is a possibility of a three-way tie for the conference title.
The road team in the CF-Santa Fe series is 3-0 all-time. Overall, the two teams have split the four meetings, with three of those matches going the full five sets.
Earlier in the month, the Saints became the first team to defeat CF twice in MFC play and in Ocala by defeating the Patriots in five sets on October 6.
The Patriots, meanwhile, were able to take the lead in the MFC by sweeping Daytona State and the Saints dropping a pair of matches to the Falcons. CF's last win over DSC was a five-set victory in Ocala, which saw it rally from down 2-1.
The Lady Patriots travel to Gainesville tomorrow night for the deciding match versus the Santa Fe Saints. First serve is at 6 p.m. Can't make it to Gainesville? CLICK HERE to watch the livestream.