EFSC Titans Break Out Of Slump, Sweep St. Johns River 3-0
By Mark DeCotis // October 4, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s volleyball team broke a four-match losing streak by sweeping St. Johns River State College in a non-conference match on Saturday at the Titan Field House on the Melbourne Campus.
The 25-19, 26-24, 25-18 victory, which improved Eastern Florida’s overall record to 7-13, was fueled by two big comebacks in the second set.
The Titans trailed 11-3 and rallied to get back to 16-14. But St. Johns went on another run to get to within one point of set point at 24-17.
But the Titans refused to wilt and ran off nine straight points to win the set.
They also came from behind in the third set, turning a 3-1 deficit into an 8-7 lead. They never trailed again en route to their third home victory of the season.
“It was very important,” sophomore Mariana Dal Pozzo said of the victory. “We have been working hard as a team every day. Just getting a result, getting something out of it is just amazing. All the work we have been through it’s worth it.”
As for the comebacks in the second set: “The most important thing was to play together and trust each other,” Dal Pozzo said.
“Every time the ball was on the other side we knew that our teammate would be there if I won’t be there. We played together. It’s amazing. Just amazing. I’m happy.”
Dal Pozzo finished with a team-high 14 kills. Classmates Treasure Ingram and Juliana Torres added seven and four respectively.
The Titans had 10 service aces as a team.
Eastern Florida head coach Andrea Rasmussen was pleased with the victory.
“We showed a lot of heart in that second set,” she said.
“So many times that second set determines the outcome of a match and it certainly did today.
“For us to finish with nine straight points when St. Johns was at set point was great to see. We played as a team today and that is gratifying.”
St. Johns dropped to 17-6 overall.
Next up for the Titans is a 6 p.m. Wednesday match at Babson Park against Webber International’s junior varsity.