PREVIEW: Central Florida vs Daytona State

PREVIEW: Central Florida vs Daytona State

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OCALA-- Since it began playing volleyball in 2011, the College of Central Florida has dominated the Mid-Florida Conference. 

The Patriots have rolled to a 30-1 record against MFC opponents and won the conference title in each of the past three seasons.

  

CF will have its biggest challenge in terms of conference matches to date on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when it hosts Daytona State in a battle of the teams ranked No. 1 and 2 in the state (prior to Tuesday's poll) and among the top 10 teams nationally.

  

A year ago in Ocala, the Falcons, then a first-year program, took CF to five sets before falling.

 

From there, the Patriots won on the road in five over DSC.

  

The Falcons turned the tables on CF this year with a five-set victory in Tampa to open the regular season, but the match has no bearing on the conference standings, as it took place in tournament play.

 

In the first match between the two schools, CF (11-3) lost the opener and the third set against DSC, before it rallied to tie things up, prior to the Falcons winning the tiebreaker 15-9.

  

Julymar Otero and Marcela Frazzoni combined for 35 kills for CF in the loss. 

 

So far this season, Otero leads the Patriots with 137 kills, followed by Frazzoni with 114.

 

MILESTONE: Recently, CF setter Marina Adami surpassed the 2,000 assist mark for her career. Adami totaled 1,702 assists as a freshman and has already dished out 359 this season.

 

EARNING RESPECT: Earlier this season, Otero became the first CF freshman since Vanessa Benke in 2011 to earn state player of the week honors from the FCSAA.

 

"She's very consistent," CF coach Flavia Siqueira said. "She doesn't make mistakes and gives us a great effort each time out."

 

TOUGH SLATE: When CF hosts Daytona State on Tuesday night, it will be the seventh time in 15 matches this season that it has faced a team ranked in the NJCAA Top 25 Poll.

 

Currently, CF is 3-3 against teams ranked in the top 25.

 

THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: CF's only match in which teams were ranked No. 1 and 2 in the state at Patriot Gym happened last season when it hosted top-ranked Hillsborough.

 

DEFENDING ITS TURF: Entering Tuesday's match against DSC, CF is 10-0 at home all-time against MFC opponents. The Patriots have just four losses in four seasons at home.