After winning the first two sets, the Moccasins appeared to be headed to an enjoyable Senior Day victory over Flagler Sunday, but the Saints didn't cooperate. Flagler rallied to win the final three sets and claimed a 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 28-26, 15-10 non-conference victory at Jenkins Field House.
The win was Flagler's fifth straight and ninth in its last 10 matches, improving the Saints' record to 21-6.Â The Moccasins dropped to 13-12.
The Saints took an early lead in the third set and the Moccasins weren't able to catch them, extending the match to set four.
Rallying from a 15-10 deficit in the fourth set, the Moccasins pulled even at 18-18 and went on to take a 23-21 lead. The set was tied at 23-23 and 24-24 before the Mocs took a 25-24 lead, but they couldn't get the required two-point advantage and Flager broke a 26-26 tie with two straight points to force the deciding fifth set.
With the fifth set tied at 7-7, the Saints reeled off four unanswered points and the Moccasins couldn't get closer than three points the rest of the way.
Lauren Huber, one of the Moccasins' seven seniors, led the team with 17 kills and hit .421 for the match. Gabby Fernandez collected a season-high16 kills and hit .364, while Ali Skayhan tallied a career-high nine kills from her setter position and hit .533 to go with 48 assists and 13 digs. Anna Niebuhr, another of the Moccasin seniors, had a match-high 26 digs and senior Kendall Wilde matched her career-high with 15 digs.
Erin Callahan, Diana Castrillon, Elena Sorich and Katie Wilkerson were the Moccasins' other seniors. All seven were recognized prior to the match.
The Moccasins return to action Friday with a 7 p.m. Sunshine State Conference match at Saint Leo, followed by a 4 p.m. match Saturday at Eckerd.