Patriots celebrate Dig Pink Match with sweep

FLORENCE, SC – A trio of Patriots registered double-figure kills as Francis Marion University swept its annual Dig Pink Match with Barton College by scores of 25-21, 25-20, and 27-25, Tuesday night (Oct. 14) in non-conference women's volleyball action.

The FMU volleyball program, along with Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, held the annual event to bring awareness to and raise funds for breast cancer through the Side Out Foundation.  The match drew a season-high crowd of 512.

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Francis Marion will play a pair of Peach Belt Conference road matches this weekend: at Lander University on Friday night and at Flagler College on Sunday afternoon.

Junior Alexzandra Reed led FMU (6-12) with 17 kills and a .378 attach percentage.  Sophomores Caroline Boone and Carlie Smith added 11 and 10 kills respectively.  Senior setter Sloane Shank posted her third double-double of the year with 37 assists and 11 digs, while junior libero Jessica Amador recorded a career-high 23 digs and also had six assists.

Melissa Cochran paced Barton (7-11) with 11 kills, while setter Riley Bane posted 24 assists and 12 digs and libero Amanda Grandy dug up 26 balls.

In the opening set, Francis Marion erased a 15-14 deficit with four straight points – kills by freshman Meagan Fajman, Boone, and Reed and a service aces by junior Brianna West.  Reed also accounted for the final point of the set with a kill off an assist from Shank.

The Patriots held a commanding 22-12 advantage in set two and had to hold off a late Bulldog rally to claim the 25-20 victory.  Boone clinched the set with a kill.

The third set featured six ties and a couple of lead changes. Barton rallied from a late four-point deficit to knot the match at 24-24 and 25-25.  Smith blocked a Barton attack attempt to put FMU up 26-25 and then she served the final point which ended on a Bulldog attack error.

Francis Marion Univ. def. Barton College 25-21,25-20,27-25

Barton College (7-11) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Melissa Cochran 11-1-1;
Kaitlyn Micol 9-1-0; Catherine Barber 7-0-0; Jillian Sherman 3-0-1;
Riley Bane 2-0-0; Breyonna Brown 0-2-0; Amanda Grandy 0-2-0; Totals
32-6-1.0. (Assists) - Riley Bane 24. (Dig leaders) - Amanda Grandy 26;
Riley Bane 12; Catherine Barber 9

Francis Marion Univ. (6-12) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Alexzandra Reed
17-1-1; Caroline Boone 11-1-1; Carlie Smith 10-0-2; Meagan Fajman
6-0-1; Shelby Schindler 2-0-1; Shelby Jones 1-0-1; Chiquita Rivers
1-0-0; Sloane Shank 1-1-0; Brianna West 0-2-0; Totals 49-5-4.0.
(Assists) - Sloane Shank 37. (Dig leaders) - Jessica Amador 23; Sloane
Shank 11; Carlie Smith 8

Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Oct 14, 2014   Attend: 512   Time: 1:35
Referees: Bill Stanger, Robert Webb
Liberos: Amador (FMU), Grandy (BC)
Dig Pink Match