No. 24 Flagler falls to top-ranked Cal State San Bernardino 3-0
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Priscilla Collings came off the
bench to record a match-high 11 kills and help lead top-ranked
(AVCA Division II Top 25) Cal State San Bernardino to a 3-0 (25-20,
25-16, 25-12) win over No. 24 Flagler College in a NCAA Division II
Women’s Volleyball National Quarterfinal Thursday night at
CSUSB improved to 31-0 on the season and extended its home court winning streak to 65 matches. The Coyotes will take on Hillsdale College in the second semifinal tomorrow (Dec. 2). Flagler ended its season with a 31-7 record and had its 15-match winning streak snapped.
“We just didn’t get into a rhythm,” said Flagler head volleyball coach Taylor Mott. “They made it difficult for us to do anything.”
Mott completed her 13th year at the helm of the Flagler volleyball program with a record of 304-158 (.659 winning percentage). She is a three-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year and a three-time Florida Sun Conference Coach of the Year. Mott’s teams have recorded 20 or more wins in each of the last 11 seasons. She and her husband, Brian, and their two children, will relocate to Tennessee at the end of the month.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Mott. “I am really proud of the girls.”
Collings hit .357 in a reserve role as she only had one error on 28 swings. Megan Johnson added 10 kills with one error on 19 swings for a .474 hitting percentage. Two-time AVCA Division II Player of the Year Samantha Middleborn recorded eight kills and added four total blocks. Two-time AVCA Division II All-America Camille Smith recorded a double-double with 33 assists and 12 digs.
The Coyotes hit .346 for the match and recorded 7.0 total team blocks.
AVCA Division II Third Team All-America Olivia Snipes led the Saints with her 19th double-double of the season with 25 assists and 10 digs. Peach Belt Conference Libero of the Year winner Casey Gnann collected a match-high 21 digs. Emilee Taylor, Dianna Craine, and Sophie Meyer each recorded six kills.
Flagler was held to a .088 hitting percentage.
The Coyotes raced out to a 7-2 lead in the first set and never trailed. The Saints closed the gap to 13-10 after a kill by Meyer, but CSUSB countered with a 6-3 run to take control back. The Coyotes held set point (24-17), but the Saints fought off three set points before a Middleborn kill ended the set 25-20. Johnson led CSUSB with six kills and recorded a .600 hitting percentage. Collings added five kills.
Flagler jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the second set after a pair of kills by Meyer and others from Taylor and Rachel Stacy. A double-block by Middleborn and Smith tied the set up at 7-all, but Flagler went on a 4-1, capped by a Craine kill to give the Saints an 11-8 lead. The Coyotes closed to 11-10 after a hitting error by the Saints, but Smith followed with a service error to give Flagler a 12-10 lead. A Johnson spike started a 9-1 run by the Coyotes to swing the momentum back to CSUSB. The coyotes went on to take the set 25-16. Taylor recorded four kills for the Saints.
Cal State San Bernardino raced out to a 12-4 lead in the third set and never looked back. Flagler rallied to close the deficit with its own 6-1 run as an Abby Meyers kill induced a CSUSB timeout with the score 13-10. But the Coyotes closed the set, and the match, by recording the last eight points in a row.