OCALA-- It sure didn't take long for the College of Central Florida and Santa Fe College to become big-time rivals in the sport of volleyball.
After a five-set classic in Gainesville won by the Patriots earlier this season, the two teams have kept on winning and Thursday night's matchup at 7 P.M at CF is as big a Mid-Florida Conference match either program has ever had.
CF (25-6, 8-1) enters the match up by one game on the Saints (26-4, 7-2) in the MFC standings.
A win by the Patriots and they would claim their fourth outright MFC title in as many as years of existence.
However, a loss by CF and it would be co-conference champions with the Saints, a first-year program.
From there, tiebreakers decided by the MFC would position the teams at the state tournament.
The team which is considered the No. 1 seed would face off with the No. 3 team from the Mid-Florida Conference.
Meanwhile, the No. 2 seed from the MFC would face the Suncoast Conference winner, which would be State College of Florida-Manatee.
Before all that state tournament talk can beginS, Thursday's match will go a long way in deciding where everything falls.
The Patriots have just one loss all-time in conference play during their four years.
Against SFC, CF won the first two sets and appeared poised for a sweep with a 20-16 lead at the end of the third set, but the Saints closed things out with a 4-0 run after the Patriots had inched their way to a 23-21 edge.
In the final set, CF led by as many as four, but the Saints battled back to within 11-10.
Otero, who set the school record at the time with 27 kills in a single match, kept the Patriots going and followed that effort with another record-breaking 32 kills in a victory over Daytona State.
CF has won 10 of its last 11 matches, with its only loss during that span coming against national power Iowa Western.
The win over SFC was the third in as many matches for the Patriots over a nationally-ranked opponent.
So far this season, CF has played 12 matches against nationally-ranked opponents and has wins over teams that were ranked No. 1 and No. 3 at the time of play.
Adami had a two-match string in MFC play where she totaled 110 assists, including a school record 63 in a win over Daytona State.
If you are attending the match, be sure to sport your PINK for Dig Pink Night to raise awareness for breast cancer. The game will be live-streamed tomorrow night starting at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE to watch the match.