OCALA, FL-- After dominating FSC-Jacksonville to the tune of a 14-0 all-time record, the College of Central Florida volleyball team finally dropped one to the Blue Wave.
CF (12-4, 2-1) missed a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Florida Conference, as FSC-J (10-9, 2-1) earned a 17-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 win on Tuesday night at Patriot Gym.
The Patriots finished with 46 unforced errors (28 hitting errors) in the loss.
"We just couldn't put the ball down," CF coach Flavia Siqueira said.
By virtue of CF and Santa Fe's losses on Tuesday, four teams are now tied atop the MFC with 2-1 conference records.
Amanda Saunders led the Patriots with 12 kills.
The Patriots, who trailed 24-19 down two sets to one before rallying with a 7-0 run to win the fourth set and then the tiebreaker in a five-set win earlier this season against FSC-J, trailed by as many as seven in the fourth set this time around.
CF, though, made a charge and tied things at 20, but the Blue Wave ended the set with a 5-1 run for the surprising win.
FSC-J gained the momentum of the match in the third set, as five service errors played role, as CF lost a late 23-21 lead, as the visitors scored the final four points.
The loss was the first-ever in an official conference match for CF in four seasons and its first-ever home loss to a conference opponent.
CF returns to action on Friday in the Tyler (Tex.) Tournament where it will face teams currently ranked No. 2, 4 and 5 in the nation.