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Volleyball, soccer return to winning ways in 2011

Apr 2, 2012
by Staff

Volleyball  The Flagler College volleyball team finished the season ranked No. 14 in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Division II Top 25 poll. The ranking was the highest ever achieved by the program. Flagler wrapped up its season with a 31-7 record and an appearance in the elite eight at the NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball National Tournament before falling to Cal State San Bernardino.

The Saints have had an amazing run since joining the Peach Belt Conference in 2009, winning three regular and post-season titles.

Flagler College senior setter Olivia Snipes and junior outside hitter Dianna Craine were selected to the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II All-America Teams. Snipes earned third-team honors, the first Flagler player to be selected to one of the three teams in the history of the program.

Volleyball Coach Taylor Mott
It was also the final season for coach Taylor Mott, who completed her 13th year at the helm of the program with a record of 304-158. She is a three-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year and a three-time Florida Sun Conference Coach of the Year. She and her husband, Brian, and their two children, have since relocated to Tennessee.

Men’s Soccer
The men’s soccer team reached the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament quarterfinals this fall, but fell to Lynn University in penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 double overtime draw.

The team finished ranked No. 5 in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire Div. II Top 25 poll and closed the year with a 17-3-3 record and an appearance in the elite eight. The No. 5 ranking is the program’s highest since a No. 3 ranking in 2002 when Flagler was a member of the NAIA. Flagler was the only Peach Belt Conference team ranked in the Top 25.

Johan Bergfeld was named to the Capital One Academic All-America NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer First Team, and soccer coach John Lynch was selected as the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Mondo Southeast Region Coach of the Year.

Bergfield, a native of Akers Styckebruk, Sweden, is a business major with a 3.96 GPA.

He has been named all-conference and academic all-conference three times.

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