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EFSC Volleyball Faces Packed Schedule Beginning Friday

Aug. 28, 2014 - Sixteen matches in 21 days including three in the Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference await Eastern Florida's volleyball team.

The stretch for the Titans, who are 2-1, begins with four matches in a Friday-Saturday tournament at Florida State College Jacksonville. (The Titans match at noon on Friday against Santa Fe College will be webcast live at

Things continue with Tuesday's home opener against Polk State College at 6 p.m. on the Melbourne Campus.

Admission is free.

The Titans then hit the road again — something they will become quite familiar with since only eight of their 35 matches are at home — for a Thursday visit to South Florida State College in Avon Park and a two-match Saturday tournament at nationally ranked College of Central Florida in Ocala.

They finally return home for their conference opener at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 against perennial Southern champion Miami Dade. From there seven more matches — including conference dates with Broward College and Palm Beach State — await, five on the road, before a four-day break from competition.

Two matches, Polk and Miami Dade, will be webcast live at The Miami Dade match also will be broadcast live on the college's station WEFS-TV which is available on cable throughout Central Florida and also on DirecTV and AT&T Uverse.

Eastern Florida first-year head coach Andrea Rasmussen deliberately packed the Titans schedule.

"You don't improve by just practicing," Rasmussen said. "You improve by playing tough competition and that's what I have scheduled. We welcome the challenge as a team.

"Opportunity is knocking."

Heading into the weekend Eastern Florida sophomore setter McKenzie Price is ranked 19th nationally in assists per set at 7.91. She has 87 total.

As a team the Titans are ranked fourth nationally in blocks per set at 3.73, eighth in total blocks with 41, 10th in solo blocks with 20 and 21st in blocks assists with 42.

Freshman Julianna Torres leads the Titans in blocks with 12. Sophomore Mariah Davis has nine and classmate Michelle Rodriguez has eight.

"We spend a lot of time on blocks in practice," Rasmussen said.

Freshman Caitlin Stoner has 12 digs and Davis has 11.