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Eastern Florida Volleyball Sweeps Johnson University, Florida for Third Time
Oct. 1, 2013 - Eastern Florida State College's volleyball team improved to 8-15 on the season on Tuesday as it swept visiting Johnson University, Florida for the third time.
The Titans prevailed 25-14, 25-8, and 25-13 for their second home victory of the season.
But things get much more challenging going forward as Eastern Florida plays over the next six matches the No. 4 team in the country and five teams it has lost to this season.
The stretch begins with Thursday's 6 p.m. Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference match at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Indian River swept Eastern Florida, which is 1-3 in conference play, on Sept. 12.
Then fourth-ranked Hillsborough Community College arrives for a 2 p.m. Friday match followed by a 6 p.m. Friday re-match with the Webber International junior varsity which beat Eastern Florida in five sets on Sept. 7.
Hillsborough is the highest-ranked opponent to visit Eastern Florida during head coach Herb Tokumoto's five-year tenure.
Eastern Florida's next conference home match is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 against Palm Beach State, which beat the Titans in five thrilling sets on Sept. 17. That will be followed by a Saturday, Oct. 12 match at St. Johns River, which swept the Titans on Sept. 28, and then an Oct. 15 visit from conference-leading Miami Dade which beat the Titans in four sets on Sept. 19.
Tokumoto is well aware of hurdles his team faces and how to prepare for it.
"I would say the preparation is what we do in practice," he said after Tuesday's match. "What happens on the court is as a coach hopefully what we prepared for. Number 4, everybody else we're seeing . . . I believe the players have because of our adversity taken on the role because now we're changing. We have to adapt to our losses and make changes."
Eastern Florida lost to injury two starting sophomores and big hitters in Ashley Gonzalez and Ashley Dills but got sophomore Micaela Vowinkel back from injury.
"The nicest thing, of course, is having Micaela back," Tokumoto said. "Micaela is a focal point for us. Obviously getting her off to a good start creates a good morale feeling for the team."
Admission to Eastern Florida home matches is free.