Flagler volleyball escapes near loss

By Jeffrey Howard | gargoyle@flagler.edu
Photo by Dyann Busse

The Flagler College women’s volleyball team immediately fell behind in its match against Florida Southern College on Sunday, Oct. 30, losing its first two sets. The Saints then rallied to win the next three sets, winning the match 3-2. (17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 28-26, 15-10).

“We did not play our best game in those first two sets,” Olivia Snipes, senior setter, said. “In the first set, I don’t know if it was nerves or excitement but we were making careless errors that ultimately caused us the first loss. In the second set, we let Florida Southern go on too many big point runs. We actually started the second game ahead by 5 or 6 points and allowed them to slowly crawl back into the game.”

Casey Gnann had a team high of 23 digs, while Crystal Niederriter added 12 kills and Snipes aided the Saints with a team high of 43 assists.  Dianna Craine also had a team high of 14 kills on 44 attempts and Sophie Meyer recorded 11 kills as well.

“This match showed a lot of heart and showed that we are still a great team,” Niederriter, junior middle blocker, said. “Our team is very confident.  One of the best qualities of our team is that we are able to come from behind in tough situations.”

Flagler College is currently on a five game win streak, is 21-6 overall and 10-1 in conference play.

The Saints next home game is being labeled “camo night” and is against Armstrong Atlantic at 7 p.m. in the Flagler College Gymnasium.  Make sure you attend dressed in your camo gear; the first 50 students to come will receive a free t-shirt as well.

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