Flagler quickly defeats Newberry
Win sets up Saints’ fourth match of year against Armstrong
WINGATE, N.C. -- Emilee Taylor and Dianna Craine each recorded double-doubles as No. 24 Flagler made quick work of Newberry 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-15) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Cuddy Arena.
Flagler, the No. 2 seed, advances to take on the No. 3 seed and 21st-ranked Armstrong Atlantic in what will be the fourth meeting this year between the two schools on Saturday. Armstrong won its quarterfinal match 3-0 against Tusculum. Flagler has won the last two meetings in a row.
Flagler extended its winning streak to 13 matches and improved to 29-6 overall. Newberry wrapped up its season with a 16-16 record.
Taylor recorded 12 kills and had one error on 23 swings for a .478 hitting percentage. She added 11 digs to complete her 12th double-double of the season. Craine added 10 kills and 12 digs for her 13th double-double of the year, and her fifth in as many matches. Sophie Meyer added 12 kills and had just one error on 25 swings for an efficient .440 hitting percentage. Olivia Snipes added 37 assists and seven digs while Casey Gnann recorded a match-high 18 digs.
Flagler held Newberry to a .051 hitting percentage. The match lasted eight minutes shy of one hour.
Jessica King led Newberry with seven kills and a .294 hitting percentage. Elayni Stokes collected 11 digs and Blair Browning tallied 17 assists and added seven digs for the Wolves.
The Saints started off by scoring the first five points in the first set. Three different Flagler players recorded kills and two Newberry players recorded errors. The Wolves rallied to 5-3, but the Saints went on a 9-1 run and coasted to a 25-11 win. Taylor had six kills and six digs in the set. She hit .625 with one error on eight swings. Newberry hit .091 as a team.
After an Amanda Soper kill tied the second set at one, Craine followed with a kill for the Saints which started a 5-0 run and Flagler was never threatened in a 25-9 win. The Saints recorded a .447 hitting percentage in the match with 19 kills and only two errors on 38 swings.
Flagler jumped out to a 6-0 lead on Newberry in the third set and never looked back in a 25-15 win. Meyer recorded three kills in the opening run and finished with five kills and a .500 hitting percentage.