Flagler Holds off Pirates in Volleyball

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Flagler College held off a furious comeback by the Armstrong State University volleyball squad on Wednesday evening, picking up a 3-2 Peach Belt Conference win at the Flagler Gymnasium in St. Augustine, Fla. Set scores were: 25-17, 25-21, 26-28, 14-25, 15-11.

The loss drops the Pirates to 12-8 overall and 8-4 in the Peach Belt Conference as Armstrong State ended its five-game road swing with a 1-4 record. Flagler wins its third straight match to improve to 16-5 overall and 9-3 in the Peach Belt. The Pirates finally return home after three weeks away from Savannah to host Augusta University on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the ARC.

The Saints jumped out to the quick 2-0 lead and led in the third set, 22-19, but two kills from junior Kim Brody and a pair of attack errors by Flagler brought the Pirates back into the set. The Saints had three match points, but a kill and a block from freshman Raquel Kulak and a kill from Raegan Grooms kept the Pirates alive and a kill from junior Anna McGee finished off the set.

In the fourth set, Armstrong State jumped out to a 9-1 lead and hit a match-best .379 in the set for the win, pushing the match to a decisive fifth set. With the set tied at 9-all, the Saints scored six of the last eight points to pick up the victory and avenging a similarly dramatic 3-2 loss to the Pirates in Savannah back on October 7th.

McGee finished the match with a career-high 22 kills while junior Emily Wylie hit .312 with 15 kills. Freshman Kristi Vaughn tallied 33 assists and Grooms led the Pirates defensively with 23 digs.

Flagler was led by 12 kills from Sara Davis and 10 kills from Taja Valmyr. Tara Savisky added 39 assists and Caitlyn Kovach collected 17 digs.

(From Armstrong State Reports)