Young Patriots drop three at HCC Kickoff Classic

Young Patriots drop three at HCC Kickoff Classic

TAMPA-- The College of Central Florida volleyball team is continuing to work out the kinks as they dropped three matches at the Hillsborough Kickoff Classic this past weekend in Tampa, Fla. The young Lady Patriots, who returns only one player from last year's squad, look to learn and grow from their missteps as they enter the second week of the season. 

"There is a lot of room for improvement," said head coach Flavia Siqueira. "We were able to utilize several different lineups due to injuries and saw some positive points. Now we know what are weaknesses are as a team and what we need to work on to achieve our goals."

CF dropped a pair of hard-fought matches against St. Petersburg College and Hillsborough on the opening day of the tournament, before falling to Palm Beach State College on Saturday morning. 

In the opener, the Patriots fell 18-25, 25-17, 20-25, 21-25 despite a strong performance from CF's Julia Azevedo, who finished with 19 kills and just one error.

Azevedo ended with a .529 hitting percentage in the match against the Titans, while Luisa Soares added 11 kills for the Patriots.

The second match provided a thriller for all fans in attendance as the Patriots pushed it to five sets before dropping the tiebreaker 15-13.

Azevedo and Jussara Silva finished with 13 kills a piece, while Silva also added seven assists and three blocks against the Hawks.

On Saturday, CF dropped another tough match versus Palm Beach State College, falling 25-13, 23-25, 23-25, 25-27. 

Despite the loss, the Patriots received some strong efforts from its first-year players. Azevedo added 14 kills (three aces), while Rafaela Fonseca contributed nine kills and three blocks. Also, freshman setter Nathaly Alvarez finished the weekend with 129 assists and 13 kills. 

CF will head back on the road on Wednesday for a weeknight match against Polk State. The match will begin at 6 p.m.