Eastern Florida State Opens Conference Play With Loss To Indian River State 3-0
By Mark DeCotis // September 16, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s volleyball team opened its Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference schedule on a down note on Tuesday suffering a 3-0 sweep at the hands of Indian River State College.
The 9-25, 21-25, 8-25 loss at the Titan Field House on the Melbourne Campus dropped Eastern Florida to 4-7 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Indian River improved to 10-3 and 1-0.
The Titans got off to a slow start, falling behind 10-3 in the first set and never recovering.
The second set saw the Titans rally from a 16-11 deficit to force five ties before allowing Indian River to score the final four points.
The Titans were never in the third set after a 2-2 tie. Indian River built a 14-4 lead and coasted home for the victory.
“We have to be better,” said Eastern Florida head coach Andrea Rasmussen.
“Every time we step on the floor we have to have the same mentality, the same work ethic regardless of who is on the other side. We can’t play other people’s game.
“We have to work to our game plan. We did not execute our game plan at all tonight. We have to make sure we’re focused on what we’re doing and when we’re preparing for a match we take what’s happening in practice and translate it to a game,” said Rasmussen.
Next up for Eastern Florida is a Friday-Saturday tournament at South Florida State College in Avon Park. The Titans play Webber International’s junior varsity at 2 p.m. Friday and St. Petersburg College at 4 p.m.
On Saturday the Titans play Pasco-Hernando State at noon and South Florida State at 4 p.m.
The Titans own 3-1 victories over Webber and South Florida State.
The Titans then return home to face perennial Southern Conference and national power Miami Dade at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 and travel to conference foes Palm Beach State on Sept. 24 and Broward College on Sept. 25.
The Titans play their four conference foes two times each to determine the top two finishers who advance to the NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Tournament.
Admission to Titans home matches is free.