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Eight Matches in Nine Days Await Eastern Florida Volleyball Team
Sept. 26, 2013 - Eastern Florida State College's volleyball team faces a grueling stretch of eight matches in nine days beginning with Friday and Saturday's South Florida State College tournament in Avon Park, FL.
The Titans are 6-12 overall and on a two-match winning streak. Head coach Herb Tokumoto expects that the stretch of matches will be a test and he has a plan.
"Playing so many matches does take its toll on the players and the team," Tokumoto said. "We as coaches must always deal with injuries and not just the individual player. It's what it does to the mentality of the team, keep them pumped up to face the next challenge. We work on our system, paying attention to the details which will make us better to perform as a team.
"(Also) the conditioning pre- and during the season has been a valuable asset for us, we see it and the girls have made positive comments about how they feel it's helped them."
The stretch begins with re-matches against 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.
Pasco-Hernando swept the Titans, who were missing four key players to injury, while Clearwater Christian scored a 3-1 victory, both in the Sept. 13-14 Pasco-Hernando tournament.
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 then travels to Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference foe Indian River State College for a 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 match. Indian River swept Eastern Florida, which is 1-3 in conference play, on Sept. 12.
The Titans wrap up the week by hosting nationally fourth-ranked Hillsborough Community College and the Webber International junior varsity at 2 and 6 p.m. respectively on Friday, Oct. 4. The Titans lost to Webber in five sets on Sept. 7.
Hillsborough is the highest-ranked opponent to visit Eastern Florida during Tokumoto's five-year tenure.
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.