ESFC Titans Volleyball Opens Conference Competition Tuesday
By Mark Decotis // September 15, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MEBOURE, FLORIDA – After playing 10 non-conference matches to iron out the wrinkles it’s time for the Eastern Florida volleyball team to dress for the ball.
The Titans open Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference play at 6 p.m. Tuesday when Indian River State comes calling at the Titan Field House on the Melbourne Campus.
The match will be televised live on WEFS-TV and streamed live at www.efsctitans.com
Indian River comes into the match at 9-3 overall while the Titans are 4-6.
After Tuesday the Titans travel to a four-match non-conference tournament at South Florida State College in Avon Park on Friday and Saturday and then play three crucial conference matches in four days.
They host perennial conference power Miami Dade College at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. They then visit Palm Beach State in Lake Worth at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and Broward College in Davie at 1 p.m. Sept. 25.
“This is what we have been working toward since practice began on Aug. 1,” said Eastern Florida head coach Andrea Rasmussen.
“While the non-conference matches are important the conference matches determine whether we compete in the postseason. We have to be ready to compete at the highest level every time we play in conference. The competition demands it.”
The Titans finished 4-4 in conference last season, falling just short of a chance to compete in the postseason.
On Tuesday they must contend with an Indian River team that has won four straight matches, losing only two sets in the process.
Eastern Florida is on a two-match winning streak, defeating South Florida State College and Webber International’s junior varsity in four-set matches at home.
“The players are excited about opening conference at home and with the match being televised,” Rasmussen said.
“We’re hoping for a big, loud crowd on Tuesday to give us a boost.”
Admission to Titans home matches is free.
Sophomore Mariana Dal Pozzo continues to set the pace offensively for the Titans with a team-high 93 kills and 108 digs. Sophomore Lindsey Whittington and freshman Megan Graefe have 105 each.
Freshmen setter Myrlena Pagan has 164 assists while classmate Keishla Machado has 112.
Sophomore Juliana Torres has 41 blocks.
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