OCALA-- The College of Central Florida volleyball team maintained its lead in the Mid-Florida Conference on Thursday night at home.
The Patriots (15-6, 4-0) knocked off St. Johns River State 25-17, 25-11, 21-25, 25-13.
CF has never lost to the Vikings and the win enabled it to stay unbeaten in conference play entering Tuesday night's huge match against rival Santa Fe..
On Tuesday, the Patriots moved all alone into first place in the MFC, as it knocked off FSC-J, while Santa Fe, the state's No. 1 ranked team, was downed in four sets by Daytona State.
CF, who had not lost a set against a MFC opponent entering Thursday's match, built double-digit leads in all three of its victorious sets and survived some struggles with serves.
In the opener, the Patriots used an 8-0 run capped by a kill from Jussara Silva to go up 16-7 on the Vikings. From there, CF led by as many as 11, but saw SJRSC battle back to within seven before a kill by Julia Azevedo helped end it.
In the second set, CF scored the first four points of the match to take early control. The Vikings got to within two early, however, they would be hit with another big run by CF.
Amanda Santos had a pair of aces during a 12-3 run, which saw the Patriots extend their edge to 18-7. SJRSC never got within 10 points the rest of the set. CF, though, ran into trouble in the third set, as four service errors down the stretch helped the Vikings pick up the win.
Prior to the third set, the Patriots had trailed only once in the match.
CF quickly righted the ship in the fourth set, as it jumped to an 8-4 lead and closed the match with an 8-1 run.
The Patriots will now turn their attention to Santa Fe, who they went 2-1 against last year. SFC did win in Ocala to force the programs into a tie for the MFC championship.
RED OUT-WEAR RED! CF takes on Santa Fe on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and we want everyone to wear red! Let's pack the gym and cheer our Patriots to victory.