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Eastern Florida Rolls to Second Straight Volleyball Sweep
Sept. 24, 2013 - Tuesday was a night of firsts for Eastern Florida State College's volleyball team.
The Titans scored their first home court victory of the season and won their first Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference match dating back to 2011 as they swept Broward College, 25-13, 25-18, 25-11 on the Melbourne Campus.
Eastern Florida improved to 6-12 overall and 1-3 in conference. Broward fell to 0-4, all its matches in the conference, and suffered its fourth consecutive straight sets defeat.
Eastern Florida spotted Broward an early 8-3 lead in the first set but stormed back with a 22-5 run for the victory.
Broward played Eastern Florida close in the second set, trailing just 8-7 but once again the Titans went on a run, this time 17-11, for a 2-0 lead.
The third set was all Titans as they rolled to their second straight sweep.
"This was really important, I think this is a stepping stone for us to start winning every time," said sophomore Taylor Gembecki who is led the Titans in assists with 17 and now has 279.
"Hopefully we can get out stuff together. We're starting to collaborate a lot better. Practices are going smoother and our games are going smoother, you can tell. I think our season will go better now."
Eastern Florida head coach Herb Tokumoto also enjoyed the victory.
"Very happy," he said. "Our team did a good job of controlling. That was one of our goals. To control and we create the opportunities.
"But as a coach, never happy. We've still got to work on details. But a good win for us. I think they're starting to believe. The heart, the desire. I believe it's coming together."
Freshman Michelle Rodriguez led the Titans with nine kills while classmate Mariah Davis had five. Davis had three blocks and Rodriguez two. Sophomore Sara Watkins had five digs.
Next up for Eastern Florida is the South Florida State College Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Avon Park, FL.
The Titans play Clearwater Christian at 11 a.m. Friday and Pasco-Hernando Community College at 5 p.m. They play St. Johns River State College at 9 a.m. Saturday and South Florida State College at 11 a.m.
The Titans return home to play Johnson University, Florida at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Melbourne Campus gym. The Titans have swept Johnson University twice this season, both times in Kissimmee.
Eastern Florida's next conference home match is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 against Palm Beach State. Admission to all Eastern Florida home matches is free.