MDC’s volleyball team, the LadySharks are the 2017 state champions after an impressive 3-0 victory this past weekend against Polk State College at the FCSAA State Volleyball Tournament. The team now moves on to defend their national title at the FCSAA State Volleyball Tournament on Nov. 16-18 in Kansas. This latest win comes only days after the Lady Sharks triumphed in the 2017 Southern Conference Championship title.
In addition to the state title, several players were honored for their performance. Players Rafaella Bonifacio, Sun Wenting, Massiel Matos, Camila Gomez Hernandez and Tiziana Baumrukova were named to the 2017 FCSAA All-Tournament Team. Matos was also named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. In addition, head coach Origenes “Kiko” Benoit was named the 2017 FCSAA Coach of the Year.
“I am very proud of our stellar student athletes, and commend them for their great performance,” said MDC President Eduardo Padron. “Most importantly, I applaud their incredible commitment and sportsmanship. Thank you, Lady Sharks, for giving your all for your team and your College, and for your outstanding contribution to MDC’s long and successful history in collegiate sports.” President Padron went on to single out Coach Benoit and his staff for their leadership and hard work.
Read more about Coach Benoit’s winning legacy at MDC.