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Eastern Florida Volleyball Hosts Palm Beach Tonight
Oct. 8, 2013 - It's another week of challenges for Eastern Florida State College's streaky volleyball team.
Eastern Florida hosts Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference foe Palm Beach State College at 6 p.m. today in the Melbourne Campus gym and then travels to Fort Pierce for a 3 p.m. Saturday match against St. Johns River State College.
Admission to Eastern Florida home matches is free.
Eastern Florida is 9-17 on the season coming off a week in which it went 2-2, sweeping Johnson University, Florida for the third time and sweeping Webber International's junior varsity to avenge an earlier five-set defeat.
Conversely nationally third-ranked Hillsborough Community College and conference foe Indian River State swept Eastern Florida.
Palm Beach, 2-3 in conference and 5-14 overall, defeated visiting Eastern Florida in five thrilling sets on Sept. 17 and St. Johns River swept Eastern Florida on Sept. 28.
That being said Eastern Florida has exceeded its win total of eight from 2012 and recorded its first conference victory – a sweep of Broward College - after going 0-8 in 2012. With that in mind Eastern Florida head coach Herb Tokumoto is accentuating the positive.
"The work that our team has done to overcome obstacles is a tribute to their resolve to do the best they can for each other," Tokumoto said of his team, which has had to deal with injuries to key players and lost two for the season.
"I believe that the events that have impacted our team would be one that has proven the character of the members of our team and their attitudes to always play for each other and do what the team needs to win. I feel this team has 'walked the miles in each others shoes.' They have been asked to play different positions on a moment's notice and have done so to the best of their abilities."
Statistically for Eastern Florida freshmen Mariah Davis and Arianna Bethel are leading in kills with 168 and 151 respectively; sophomore setter Taylor Gembecki has 400 assists and freshman Mckenzie Price has 180; sophomore Alana Nielander has 175 digs while Davis, Gembecki, and freshman Carol Kiam Assato have 118 each.
Freshman Michelle Rodriguez has 46 blocks. Bethel has 45, sophomore Micaela Vowinkel 44 and Davis 43.
Beyond tonight Eastern Florida has but two home appearances remaining, its final conference home date against first-place Miami Dade on Oct. 15 and an Oct. 29 Sophomore Night match against Polk State College.