Volleyball goes 2-2 at CSI Invitational, downs NJCAA No. 5 Salt Lake

Volleyball goes 2-2 at CSI Invitational, downs NJCAA No. 5 Salt Lake

OCALA--The College of Central Florida volleyball program is playing perhaps the toughest schedule in the nation.

Proof of that could be seen this past weekend as the Patriots traveled to national power College of Southern Idaho for a two-day tournament.

On the first day, CF played two teams ranked among the top five in the country and added another nationally-ranked victim to its list of wins over ranked opponents under coach Flavia Siquiera.

CF downed Salt Lake Community College, the nation's No. 5 team, and then took host and No. 2 CSI to five sets before falling.

Overall, the Patriots went 2-2 over the weekend in the prestigious event.

There were many standouts for CF. Nathaly Alvarez registered 193 assists over the four matches, while Julia Azevedo recorded 68 kills and 17 digs and Rafaela Fonseca added 58 kills and 41 digs. Alvarez finished with a career-high 61 assists versus Snow College, two off the single-game school mark held Marina Adami, the program's career assist leader.

In the win over the nation's No. 5 team, Fonseca (15 kills, 10 digs), Julia Azevedo (10 kills), Alvarez (49 assists), and Yaralismar Rodriguez (16 digs) led the way.

Azevedo really got going as the tournament progressed and made an impact against CSI.

In the match against CSI, she totaled 21 kills to lead the way for CF, who fell behind 2-0 before battling back to force a tiebreaker. The Patriots had their chances, but lost in the final set 15-13 to the host school. Fonseca (19 kills) and Alvarez (46 assists/15 digs) were also standouts against CSI.

From there, the Patriots opened up on Saturday with a sweep of North Idaho. Alvarez (37 assists), Fonseca (12 kills) and Azevedo (12 kills) paced CF.

CF closed the event with a five-set loss to Snow College. The Patriots lost the first two sets by identical 26-24 scores, before evening things up with routs of 25-11 and 25-14.

In the final set, though, Snow was able to squeeze out a 15-13 win.

Azevedo had her top kill total for the event with 25. Luisa Soares registered 14 kills, while Fonseca (12 kills) and Rodgriuez (19 digs) backed Azevedo and Alvarez.