Posted: Oct 27, 2018
There is a reason Miami-Dade State College is the number one ranked team in the nation and the Saints discovered why Saturday afternoon.
MDSC (24-0, 11-0 SC) remained undefeated on the season with a convincing 3-0 defeat of the Saints on a neutral floor at Daytona State College. The Sharks are back-to-back defending State and National Champions and have not lost a match since the 2016 season.
"There's a reason Miami-Dade is number one in the country," said SF Head Coach Nick Cheronis. "They excel at every phase of the game."
The Saints played better as the match progressed, losing set three 25-23 after losing the opening set 25-15 and set two 25-20.
"I thought Jocelyn Garcia was really good today," said Chronis. "They had no answer for her."
Leah Wilcox led the Saints with nine kills while Aspen Dangren registered seven as did Garcia. Garcia recorded a .375 hitting percentage for the match.
The Saints finish the 2018 regular season with an overall record of 19-3 and with a Panhandle Conference Championship under their belt as they prepare for the NJCAA District/Florida College System Activities Association State Tournament in Bradenton Nov. 2-4.
The Saints will take on Indian River at 1:00 pm at the Bradenton Area Civic Center on Friday November 2 and will play against an opponent to be determined by first round play at 7:00 pm the same day. The tournament is a double elimination format that is scheduled to wrap up on Sunday November 4.
Three teams from the eight-team tournament will advance to the NJCAA national Tournament held in Hutchinson, KS, November 15-17.