The #14 NJCAA nationally ranked Santa Fe College volleyball team knocked off Central Florida and Eastern Florida on Saturday to go to 10-0 on the season. Saturday's matches end a streak of four matches in seven days.
In the first match of the day, the Saints won a 5-set thriller against College of Central Florida 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-7. Aspen Dangren led all kill getters with 16, while Ocala native Leah Wilcox added 13. The Saints had a strong blocking effort with 15 blocks.
In the first set, the Patriots rallied back from a 5-point deficit to pull within 23-22 forcing SF Coach Nick Cheronis to call a timeout. The Saints responded by scoring two quick points for the 25-22 win.
In the second set, it was the Patriots that came out of a timeout with momentum as they rallied to score the final four points in the 25-23 CF win.
Set three saw the Saints with a 24-19 lead, but needed a service error by the Patriots to win 25-23. Set four was close all the way with CF closing out a 26-24 win and forcing a deciding fifth set.
The Saints jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the 5th set and, except for a 3-point surge by the Patriots, never looked back on the way to a 15-7 win.
In the second match against Eastern Florida, the Saints controlled the match from the start with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-12 rout.
Wilcox led the way this time with 12 kills. Middle blocker, Brooke Ruud hit an astounding .500 hitting percentage on 16 attempts. The Saints tallied 8 more blocks to finish with 23 on the day.
"We have been working very hard on blocking all week, and it really paid off this weekend," said Head Coach Nick Cheronis. "We have a couple of weeks to finish our preparation for conference, so this will be a critical time in our development.'
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