Nov. 20, 2010
Courtesy of Flagler Athletics
WINGATE, N.C. − Meg Weathersby recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 14 kills and 12 digs to help No. 2 seed Flagler College sweep No. 6 seed Carson-Newman College 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-21) in the first semifinal of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament Saturday night at Cuddy Arena. Flagler will face the host school, Wingate University (30-1) in a re-match of last years region final. The two teams have split its two meetings this year.
Weathersby hit an efficient .312 as she had just four errors on 32 swings. Crystal Niederriter recorded nine kills, four aces and four total blocks to go along with a robust .438 hitting percentage to aid the Saints cause. Dianna Craine chipped in with seven kills and six digs while Jillian Unitas collected 10 digs.
Nikki James led the Lady Eagles with nine kills and five total blocks. Carly Mozgai added eight kills and six digs. Angelle Hayes collected a match-high 17 digs and Lara McDonald tallied 27 assists.
The first set featured 10 ties and two lead changes. The Saints rallied from a 12-9 deficit by rattling off three consecutive points. Sophie Meyer and Craine accounted for two of the points and Craines kill knotted the score 12-all and forced a Carson-Newman timeout. Flagler assumed the lead for good on a Niederriter kill, 21-20.
Though Flagler trailed 10-9 in the second, the Saints would own the rest of the stanza hitting .290 and held the Lady Eagles to a -.027 percentage. Flagler ran off four consecutive points to wipe out the 10-9 deficit and take a 13-10 lead. Niederriter had a pair of kills in the rally.
The third set featured eight ties and four lead changes, but Craine struck the big blow with a kill to give the Saints a 21-20 lead. A Weathersby kill and a Niederriter ace widened the gap and Flagler took the match with a 25-21 win.
The championship match will start at 7 p.m. tomorrow.