FINAL SCORE: #1 Florida College 3, #3 Alfred State College 0
FIRST SET: 25-18| SECOND SET: 25-13| THIRD SET: 25-16
LOCATION: Convention, Athletics, Recreation Center (CARC), SUNY Canton
TOURNAMENT RECORDS: Florida College 6-0, Alfred State College 3-3
ON THE COURT: In the second semifinal matchup of the day, #1 Florida College defeated #3 Alfred State College in three straight sets, 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-16), to advance to the 2014 USCAA Volleyball National Championship. Florida College improves their tournament record to 6-0 while the loss drops Alfred State College to 3-3.
The Pioneers took the slight advantage over the number one seed Falcons to begin the first set, 4-2. The Flacons climbed back to tie the set at 8-8 and then went on a 7-1 run to take a 15-9 lead and force a timeout by Alfred State's head coach, Gene Doorley. However, the timeout did not slow the Falcons momentum. Led by senior, Camille Cram, the Falcons went on a 5-2 run following the Pioneer timeout to increase their lead to 20-11. The Pioneers battled back to force a Falcon timeout to get the score to, 23-18. The Falcons went on to score the next two points to take the first set from the Pioneers, 25-18.
The Falcons continued their dominant offense into the second set as they recorded 16 kills on 28 total attacks. The Falcons began the set with a 7-2 start that forced yet another Pioneer timeout to try to slow down the number one team in the country. Following the timeout, the falcons rattled off another 6-1 run to increase their lead to 13-3. The Pioneers were never able to recover from this start and fell in the second set, 25-13. The Falcons finished the set with a .456 attacking percentage.
The third set saw the Falcons take a slight advantage to begin the third set over the Pioneers. Trailing 6-4, the Pioneers battled back to tie the set at 10, however the Falcons countered with three straights points to make it 13-10. The Falcons continued putting points on the board quickly by going on a 7-3 run to put the set out of reach. The Falcons secured the third set victory, 25-16, and the match, 3-0, to advance in the 2014 USCAA Volleyball National Championship.
- USCAA Player of the Year, Malea Kalina, recorded a game-high 11 kills and also added 9 digs for the Falcons
- First Team All-American, Abilene Rouch, had a game-high 32 assists – 32 of the Falcons 36 assists
- Senior, Camille Crim, had 8 kills on 14 total attacks and 2 blocked shots
- Sophomore, Janae Hamilton, led the Pioneers with 8 kills on 14 total attacks
- Second Team All-American, Lera Braun, recorded 18 assists and 10 digs for the Pioneers
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Camille Crim, Florida College
NEXT UP: Florida College advances to play #2 Rochester College in the 2014 USCAA Volleyball National Championship match at 4:00pm in the Convention, Athletics, Recreation Center (CARC). Alfred State goes on to face #4 SUNY Canton in the third place match at 2:00pm.