FLORENCE, SC – Senior Erika Hartings and sophomore Lenee' Blot combined for 22 kills to help power Francis Marion University to a sweep (25-17, 25-17, 25-23) of UNC Pembroke, Tuesday evening (Oct. 3) in Peach Belt Conference women's volleyball action.
Francis Marion improves to 6-9 overall and 2-3 in the Peach Belt, while the Braves drop to 3-14 and 0-5.
The Patriots will travel to the Sunshine State to play Flagler College on Friday at 7 p.m., the first of four consecutive road matches. The next home contest for FMU will be Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. against Lander University.
Hartings pounded out 12 kills and dug up nine balls, while Blot had 10 kills to go along with a blistering .500 hitting percentage. Both senior Shelbi Meek and freshman Kayla Arthur added five kills apiece.
Freshman Michelle Voyer led UNCP with 10 kills, while junior setter Bailee Jones dished out 19 assists and senior libero Cayce Bell recorded a match-high 16 digs.
After trailing early in the opening set, Francis Marion took the lead for good at 6-5 on a kill by Hartings. The Braves trailed only 12-10 midway through the set, but the Patriots closed the set with a 13-7 spurt. Behind the serving of McGinnis, FMU rattled off the first six points of the second set and never trailed.
UNCP used a 10-2 run midway through the third set to grab a 15-12 advantage. Trailing 20-17, Francis Marion rallied to close out the match by posting eight of the final 11 points, including three kills by Blot and two by Hartings.
POST-MATCH COMMENTS from FMU senior Erika Hartings via FACEBOOK LIVE
Francis Marion Univ. def. UNC Pembroke 25-17,25-17,25-23
UNC Pembroke (3-14 , 0-5 PBC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Michelle Voyer
10-0-1; Amber Tyndall 7-0-2; Madelyn Ashwell 6-1-2; Makaylah Elliott
6-0-5; Tyler Fitzpatrick 3-0-0; Bailee Jones 3-1-0; April Tankersley
0-0-1; Miranda Cada 0-1-0; Totals 35-3-6.0. (Assists) - Bailee Jones
19. (Dig leaders) - Cayce Bell 16; Anna Heinz 9
Francis Marion Univ. (6-9, 2-3 PBC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Erika
Hartings 12-1-0; Lenee' Blot 10-0-2; Shelbi Meek 5-0-2; Kayla Arthur
5-0-1; Veronica Lane 4-0-0; Carrie McGinnis 2-5-0; Cortney Bowen
2-0-0; Jessica Helmink 1-0-0; Natalie Vaughn 0-2-0; Totals 41-8-3.0.
(Assists) - Carrie McGinnis 33. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn 12;
Erika Hartings 9
Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Oct 03, 2017 Attend: 121 Time: 1:21
Referees: Kirsten Boessneck, Gabby Martinez
Line judges: George Scott, Shanice Cooper
Liberos: Vaughn (FMU), Bell (UNCP)