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CF 3, Lake Sumter 0 (VB)
October 25, 2013By Richard Burton of COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
The College of Central Florida volleyball team made things look easy in its final Mid-Florida Conference match.
The Patriots finished off their third straight unbeaten conference slate in a row with a 25-17, 25-7, 25-6 rout of the Lake Sumter State.
CF (21-10, 8-0), which clinched its third conference crown last week, will wind up its home schedule against St. Petersburg on Friday night at 7.
Prior to the match, the Patriots will honor their five sophomore players with Sophomore Night.
In knocking off the LSSC, the Patriots faced little resistance and got contributions throughout their lineup.
"I think the non-starters are utilizing their chance to play," CF coach Flavia Siqueira said. "They also did that (on Tuesday against St. Johns River) and that helps me as a coach.
"It gives me a lot of confidence. You never know when we might need them, especially at the state tournament, so it is good that they have been able to come in and play well."
After falling behind 11-8 in the first set, Brittney Brown's kill started a 6-0 run, which was closed with an ace by Jorddalys Santos.
From there, the LakeHawks got to within 15-14, but an ace by Marina Adami started a 5-0 run and CF was never threatened the rest of the way.
The final two sets were totally dominated by the Patriots.
CF got a kill from Amanda Saunders to start a 12-0 run after LSSC scored the first point of the set.
The Patriots led by as many as 19 points in the second set, before they finished off the LakeHawks.
Things continued to go the way for CF in the final set, as it got three kills during an early 11-0 run after LSSC scored the first two points.
Perry (10 kills, eight digs), Saunders (five kills, five blocks), Santos (10 digs), Adami (16 assists) and Lauren Powell (10 assists) led the way for CF in the win
The Patriots will have one more regular season match (a road match against Polk State) after Friday's final home contest.
CF will then open up play in the state tournament in Jacksonville on November 8 against Indian River State at 10 a.m.
Also on Thursday, CF retired the jersey of former volleyball standout Vanessa Benke.
Benke, the NJCAA National Student-Athlete of the Year last season, was also awarded a ring from the NJCAA for her efforts.
Thursday's ceremony marked just the second time in school history that CF retired student-athlete's jersey.
Benke joins former men's basketball standout Ricardo Ratliffe as the only former Patriot athletes to have their numbers retired by the school.
Meanwhile, CF also held a retirement party for longtime athletic assistant Bobbi Moran, who has worked with the athletic program for 29 years.
Moran's final day with the Patriot Athletic program will be October 31.