OCALA-- The College of Central Florida volleyball team feels right at home when it has to battle back against Daytona State.
The Patriots (16-7, 5-1) rallied from down 2-1 for the third time in as many home matches all-time with the Falcons and picked up a 16-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-17, 15-10 victory on Thursday night in a key Mid-Florida Conference matchup.
With the win, CF remained tied atop the MFC with Santa Fe and swept the season series with the Falcons for the third straight year. In six MFC matches with Daytona all-time, CF is 4-0 when they go the distance. The Patriots are 6-1 overall against the Falcons, losing only a season-opening invitational to DSC to kick off the 2014 season.
CF, who swept the Falcons earlier this season in Daytona, jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the tiebreaker after a kill by Nathaly Alvarez.
From there, DSC got as close as 13-10, but kills by Licie Leite and Rafaela Fonseca ended the match in CF's favor.
After a tough five-set loss at home to Santa Fe College on Tuesday night, the Patriots wouldn't be denied.
Like the SFC match on Tuesday, CF lost the third set, but rallied in the fourth.
Fonseca had three consecutive kills during a 6-0 run that snapped a 10-all tie. CF rode the momentum and went up by as many as nine in the fourth and carried the momentum into the final set.
Fonseca and Larissa Amorin had a pair of blocks to start the fifth set, as the Patriots raced to a 4-1 edge.
DSC got to within 4-3, but committed a service error that started a run of five consecutive points by CF that gave the hosts the momentum it would need to pick up the victory.
With the win, the Patriots improved to 16-7 overall and 5-1 in MFC play. Julia Azevedo (18 kills) and Fonseca (16 kills, 16 digs) led the offensive attack for CF, while Alvarez tallied 40 assists.
DSC falls to 12-11 and 4-2 in the conference.
CF, Daytona and Santa Fe entered the night in a three-way tie for the top spot in the conference.
The Lady Patriots will have the weekend off before returning back to the court for a home match on Tuesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. against conference opponent Lake-Sumter State.