Busy weekend for FMU sports teams

Busy weekend for FMU sports teams

This weekend Francis Marion University will have a marathon of home sporting events to attend including volleyball, soccer, and basketball.

The FMU men's basketball team will host the Peach Belt Conference/South Athletic Conference Challenge, which will feature two teams from each conference including the Patriots, UNC Pembroke, Catawba College, and Newberry College. The Patriot volleyball squad will continue their conference play with a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday, while the Francis Marion men's and women's soccer teams will close out their regular seasons with a doubleheader on Saturday.

All contests will be streamed live online courtesy of the Patriot Sports Network.

On Friday (Nov. 8), the FMU men's basketball team will start the action by playing Newberry at 11 a.m. in the Smith University Center. Following that game, UNCP will take on Catawba at 1 p.m. Admission to all basketball games is $8 for adults, $5 for students, and FMU students are admitted free.

The Patriot volleyball team (16-12) will take on Augusta University (21-7) on Friday evening at 7 p.m. in conference action.  Admission to the volleyball match is free.

On Saturday (Nov. 9), the volleyball squad will start the day by hosting Georgia College for Senior Day at noon in the Smith University Center.  Prior to first serve, FMU will recognize senior libero Natalie Vaughn.  Heading into this weekend, the four-year letterwinner has appeared in 104 career matches and totaled 1,446 digs and 96 service aces.  Statistically, she is enjoying her best season as she ranks fourth in the conference with 4.97 digs per set and ninth in service aces per set (0.34).

Men's basketball will continue the PBC/SAC Challenge on Saturday afternoon in the Smith University Center as the Patriots will meet Catawba at 4 p.m. and UNCP will battle Newberry at 6 p.m. At halftime of the FMU/Catawba contest, winners will be announced for the Golf Cart Giveaway sponsored by Pepsi, IGA, KJ's Market stores, Jimmy's Golf Carts, New Country 99.3 The Cat, and FMU athletics.

The soccer twinbill will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Hartzler Field as the Patriot women (8-7-1) will play third-ranked and unbeaten Flagler College (15-0-1). The men's match will follow at 7 p.m. as the Patriots (12-3-1) play host to ninth-ranked Young Harris College (11-3-0). A victory by the FMU men coupled with a Lander loss at Flagler on Saturday would give Francis Marion a share of the PBC regular-season crown.  Admission to the soccer matches is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and FMU students are admitted free.