Patriot Volleyball evens mark at 3-3

Patriot Volleyball evens mark at 3-3

DUE WEST, SC – A balanced attack, consisting mainly of work from first and second-year players, allowed Francis Marion University to sweep a pair of matches on Friday (Aug. 31) at the Fleet Classic Volleyball Tournament hosted by Erskine College.

FMU defeated UVa.-Wise 25-17, 25-17, 25-22 and then rallied to defeat North Greenville University 19-25, 26-24, 25-9, 25-22.

Francis Marion (3-3) will conclude its portion of the tournament on Saturday with matches against the University of West Georgia (9 a.m.) and the host school (1 p.m.).

In the opening sweep of the Cavaliers (0-2), freshman Madison Taylor paced FMU with 11 kills and a .529 hitting percentage.  She also tallied three blocks.  Freshman middle blocker Iyanla Thigpen added eight kills and sophomore Kayla Arthur seven kills, three blocks, and three service aces.

Senior Carrie McGinnis (17) and freshman Finn Millians (14) combined for 31 assists from the setter position, while freshman libero Alexis Watts dug up a team-high 14 balls.

Against the Crusaders (4-2) in the second contest, sophomore Courtney Abdur-Rahim led the way with 17 kills and 12 digs, while Thigpen pounded out 11 kills with a .611 hitting percentage.  Arthur and freshman Alyssa Hansen each had nine kills, while McGinnis and Millians directed the offense with 24 and 15 assists respectively.

Junior Natalie Vaughn led FMU with 13 digs in the nightcap.

 

Francis Marion Univ. def. WISE 25-17,25-17,25-22

Francis Marion Univ. (2-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Madison Taylor
11-1-3; Iyanla Thigpen 8-0-0; Kayla Arthur 7-3-3; Alyssa Hansen 6-0-0;
Courtney Abdur-Rahim 2-0-1; Carrie McGinnis 2-0-0; Finn Millians
0-1-0; Alexis Watts 0-1-0; Totals 36-6-4.0. (Assists) - Carrie
McGinnis 17; Finn Millians 14. (Dig leaders) - Alexis Watts 14;
Courtney Abdur-Rahim 7
 
UVA WISE (0-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Ciara Kain 11-2-0; Brooke Abbott
7-0-2; Kelsey Green 6-1-0; Abigail Byington 2-0-0; Matelyn Gibson
2-0-0; Makayla Ledford 1-1-1; Madelyn Lawrence 0-0-1; Courtney Via
0-1-0; Totals 29-5-3.0. (Assists) - Makayla Ledford 25. (Dig leaders)
- Morgan Milligan 20; Briana Kerr 10

Site: Due West, SC (Belk Arena)
Date: Aug 31, 2018   Attend: 75   Time: 1:15
 
Francis Marion Univ. def. NGU 19-25,26-24,25-9,25-22

NGU (4-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Courtney Williamson 13-0-0; Annie
Beisecker 9-0-1; Erin Allen 8-2-0; Katie McManaway 5-0-0; Paige
Beisecker 4-0-2; Kasie Thomas 1-0-0; Mikaila Linnens 1-0-0; Emma
Pepper 1-0-0; Eaden Shockley 1-0-0; Whitley Kahler 0-2-0; Totals
43-4-2.0. (Assists) - Eaden Shockley 35. (Dig leaders) - Whitley
Kahler 24; Mikaila Linnens 13; Erin Allen 11; Eaden Shockley 10
 
Francis Marion Univ. (3-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Courtney Abdur-Rahim
17-1-1; Iyanla Thigpen 11-0-2; Alyssa Hansen 9-2-0; Kayla Arthur
9-1-2; Madison Taylor 5-1-3; Carrie McGinnis 0-0-1; Totals 51-5-5.0.
(Assists) - Carrie McGinnis 24; Finn Millians 15. (Dig leaders) -
Natalie Vaughn 13; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 12; Kayla Arthur 11
 
Site: Due West, SC (Belk Arena)
Date: Aug 31, 2018   Attend: 130   Time: 2:00