Florida Southern Earns No. Five Seed at AVCA Small College Championships

Florida Southern Earns No. Five Seed at AVCA Small College Championships

LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College beach volleyball has earned the number five see at the 2019 AVCA Small College Championship. The three-day tournament will take place at Hickory Point Beach in Tavaras, FL on April 19-21. 

The 12 teams will compete in three pools of four teams each. The Mocs land in Pool B with No. 2 Spring Hill and two familiar foes in No. 8 Lincoln Memorial and No. 11 Carson-Newman. Florida Southern is a combined 3-0 on the season vs. the Lady Railsplitters and the Eagles.  

Earlier this season at the College of Charleston tournament, the Mocs defeated Carson-Newman 4-1.  All four of the FSC victories came in two sets, while the Mocs lone loss was decided in the third and final set. On the number two court, Kennedy Mathews and Lee Calhoun picked up back-to-back blowout set wins of 21-5 and 21-5.

Florida Southern defeated Lincoln Memorial in back-to-back days with identical 4-1 victories. The first was a home victory, in the midst of a six-match winning streak, that started with the Mocs number five court of Morgan Cleary and Katie Bergeron cruising to a first-set victory of 21-4 and a second-set victory of 21-16 to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead. After falling in the second set the Mocs duo of Haley Goodrich and Celia Greco bounced back to take the final set 15-7 and put the home team up 2-0. The Lady Railsplitters picked up their only victory in a comeback win on the number three court taking the final two sets. The Mocs clinched the match on the number two courts as Kayla Trefren and Kylee Whiteleather won the final two sets. Makena Wilson and Alex Montoya closed out the first match with a victory in the third set to give the Mocs a 4-1 win. The following day the Mocs once again defeated LMU this time in St. Petersburg. Florida Southern cruised out to two-set victories on the number one, four, and five courts before claiming the victory in the second and third sets on the number two court. 

Here are the seedings for all 12 teams: 

Pool A Pool B Pool C
1. Texas A&M - Kingsville  2. Spring Hill 3. Tampa
6. Saint Leo 5. Florida Southern 4. Colorado Mesa
7. Stevenson 8 Lincoln Memorial 9. Tuculum
12. Eckerd  11. Carson-Newman  10. Principia 

Here is how the schedule for the first day:

  Courts A1-A5 Courts B1-B5 Courts C1-C5
9 a.m. TAMK vs. Stevenson Spring Hill vs. Lincoln Memorial Tampa vs. Tusculum
10 a.m. Saint Leo vs. Eckerd Florida Southern vs. Carson-Newman  Colorado Mesa vs. Principia
Noon Spring Hill vs. Carson-Newman Tampa vs. Principia  TAMK vs. Eckerd
1 p.m. Florida Southern vs. Lincoln Memorial  Colorado Mesa vs. Tusculum Saint Leo vs. Stevenson
3 p.m. Tusculum vs. Principia Stevenson vs. Eckerd Lincoln Memorial vs. Carson-Newman
4 p.m.  Tampa vs. Colorado Mesa TAMK vs. Saint Leo Spring Hill vs. Florida Southern


Championship Bracket Play











Courts A1-A5

Courts B1-B5

Courts C1-C5

Courts D1-D5

9 a.m.      

Silver Bracket

Silver Bracket




#5 vs. #8

#6 vs. #7




10 a.m.  

Bronze Bracket

Bronze Bracket




#9 vs. #12

#10 vs. #11




11 a.m.  

Gold – Semifinals

Gold – Semifinals




#1 vs. #4

#2 vs. #3





Silver Final (5th Place)

Bronze Final (9th Place)




#5/#8 Winner vs.

#9/#12 Winner vs.




#6/#7 Winner

#10/#11 Winner




1:30 pm

Gold Championship*

Gold 3rd Place




#1/#4 Winner vs.

#1/#4 Loser vs.




#2/#3 Winner      

#2/#3 Loser




*A brief trophy presentation will be held immediately following the conclusion of the championship match.