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Polk Match Awaits Eastern Florida State College Volleyball

Aug. 28, 2013 - Off to a 3-1 start the Eastern Florida State College volleyball team hits the road again for a 7 p.m. Thursday match at Polk State College in Auburndale where it will tangle with the equally as hot Eagles.

Polk also is off to a 3-1 start thanks to victories in the Reiver Classic in Council Bluffs, IA. The trip was the first out of state for the Eagles who scored the biggest victory in the program's history, a 3-2 win over No. 6-ranked Salt Lake Community College.

Eastern Florida won three of its four matches to finish third in the Florida State College Jacksonville season-opening tournament. It beat Spartanburg Methodist, Lake-Sumter State College and Daytona State and lost to FSCJ.

But the focus now is Polk.

"We will approach Polk as we do with all our opponents, to work our system to the fullest extent," Eastern Florida head coach Herb Tokumoto said. "First meetings are always a discovery meeting, we look at what works for our opponents and how we can neutralize it.

"Let me say that our first tournament proved to be a testament to the team's resolve to never give up and their focus on our system of play."

Statistically sophomore Taylor Gembecki and freshman Mariah Davis have had strong starts for Eastern Florida.

Gembecki, a setter from Fort Myers, FL and Riverdale High, has 165 assists, 10 blocks and 12 kills while Davis, a setter and opposite from Fort Pierce, FL and John Carroll High, has 81 assists, 24 blocks and 22 kills.

Sophomore setter and defensive specialist Ashley Toth leads Polk with 137 assists. Outside hitter and sophomore Diannmarie Rivera and right side hitter and freshman Shatorreia Edgecombe lead the Eagles in kills with 43 apiece. Freshman and middle blocker Luaztani German-Turbi leads in blocks with 17.

Following Polk, Eastern Florida plays its first home match of the season as it hosts Daytona State College at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 on the Melbourne Campus.