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EFSC Volleyball Drops Straight Set Match at Daytona State

Aug. 26, 2014 - Eastern Florida's volleyball team suffered its first loss of the young season on Tuesday, falling in straight sets to Daytona State College in Daytona Beach.

Daytona State prevailed 25-23, 25-16 and 25-21 before a loud, enthusiastic crowd.

The Titans fell to 2-1 while Daytona State played its first match in its second season as a program.

"We beat ourselves," said Eastern Florida's first-year coach Andrea Rasmussen. "We helped Daytona out a lot. We made a lot of errors to help them score a lot of points.

"It was simply our mistakes. We lost our composure. We built them up in our heads so big. We helped them out to make them look good in our heads."

The first set featured 10 ties, the final one at 21-21 before Daytona State pulled away. The Titans led early 5-2 and 12-10.

The second set wasn't as close. The Titans led 5-0, 6-2 and 7-3 before Daytona went on a 19-5 run for an insurmountable 22-12 advantage and the eventual set victory.

In the third set Daytona State used a run of six straight points including four consecutive service aces to break a 2-2 tie. Daytona State built a lead of 15-5 before the Titans regained their footing and got within three points at 24-21 before surrendering the final point and the match.

Statistically freshman Treasure Ingram led the Titans in kills with seven. Sophomore McKenzie Price provided 23 assists.

Next up for the Titans is a trip to Florida State College Jacksonville for four weekend matches, meeting Santa Fe State College at noon on Friday and Lake-Sumter State at 4 p.m. They then play Pensacola State at noon on Saturday and FSCJ at 4 p.m.

The Titans swept host Lake-Sumter in three sets on Saturday for their second victory.

"We play four tough matches," Rasmussen said. "It's going to be a tough weekend but I think we can bounce back if we can show the mentality we had last week and bring that this weekend we'll be OK."