Patriots knock USCA from ranks of the unbeaten

FLORENCE, SC – Juniors Carlie Smith and Caroline Boone combined for 21 kills to lead Francis Marion University to a 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 victory over previously undefeated USC Aiken, Saturday afternoon (Sept. 19) in Peach Belt Conference women's volleyball action.

Francis Marion ups its overall mark to 7-3 and evens its PBC record at 1-1, while USCA falls to 8-1 and 1-1.

The Patriots will play host to GRU Augusta in its annual Sea of Red Match on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Smith University Center.

Smith registered 11 kills and two blocks while hitting .391 with only two attack errors in 23 swings.  Boone tallied 10 kills, two service aces, and two blocks.  Senior Alexzandra Reed and freshman Georgia Garrison each added seven kills.

Junior setter Samantha Hinrichs handed out 19 assists, while freshman setter Carrie McGinnis dished out 13.  Sophomore libero Shelbi Meek dug up a game-high 20 balls.

Senior Ashley Diedrich led USCA with 11 kills, while sophomore setter Emily Teelon recorded 32 assists and 13 digs.  Libero Monica Cardona led the Pacers with 15 digs.  USCA was picked to finish second in the PBC coaches' pre-season poll.

A 7-2 spurt by FMU midway through set one gave the Patriots a 16-10 lead en route to the 25-18 win.  The second set featured 12 ties and five lead changes.  Francis Marion rallied from a 20-16 deficit and snapped a 23-23 deadlock with the set's final two points.  McGinnis accounted for the final point with a service ace. The third set also ended on a Patriot ace, this time from the arm of the 6-2 Boone.

Francis Marion held USCA to a .131 hitting percentage, including a .043 figure in the final set.


Francis Marion Univ. def. USC Aiken 25-18,25-23,25-19

USC Aiken (8-1, 1-1 PBC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Ashley Diedrich 11-0-1;
Taylor Stratton 8-0-1; Ashley Lind 7-0-1; Julia Forster 7-0-0; Alicia
Hines 5-0-1; Emily Teelon 2-0-0; Monica Cardona 0-1-0; Totals
40-1-2.0. (Assists) - Emily Teelon 32. (Dig leaders) - Monica Cardona
15; Emily Teelon 13

Francis Marion Univ. (7-3, 1-1 PBC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Carlie Smith
11-0-2; Caroline Boone 10-2-2; Alexzandra Reed 7-1-0; Georgia Garrison
7-1-0; Kadeeja Griffin 4-0-1; Meagan Fajman 3-0-1; Carrie McGinnis
0-1-0; Totals 42-5-3.0. (Assists) - Samantha Hinrichs 19; Carrie
McGinnis 13. (Dig leaders) - Shelbi Meek 20; Carrie McGinnis 8

Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Sep 19, 2015   Attend: 103   Time: 1:26   
Referees: Joe Liguori, Sharmen Kenney, Carpenter , P.Poston
Liberos: Meek (FMU), Cardona (USCA)