FLORENCE, SC – Senior Georgia Garrison tallied 25 kills and 27 digs, while reached one career milestone, to lead Francis Marion University to a pair of wins in the FMU Tournament on Friday (Sept. 7). The Patriots swept past the University of Mount Olive in three sets (25-13, 25-11, 25-17) and then defeated Newberry College in four sets (26-24, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18).
Francis Marion improves to 7-5 and will face unbeaten Lenoir-Rhyne University at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the tournament's final match. Two other contests will be played at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Admission is free.
In the opening victory over Mount Olive (1-6), the Patriots never trailed during the opening two sets. Garrison led the way with nine kills and eight digs, while sophomore Kayla Arthur came off the bench to tally eight kills and a .429 hitting percentage. Freshmen Alyssa Hansen and Madison Taylor added seven and six kills respectively.
Junior libero Natalie Vaughn dug up a team-high 10 balls, while setters Carrie McGinnis (19) and Finn Millians (18) combined for 37 assists. Sophomore Courtney Abdur-Rahim served four aces and registered eight digs.
In the nightcap win over the Wolves (4-3), Garrison recorded 16 kills and a season-high 19 digs, and in the process surpassed the 1,000-dig mark for her career. She now has 1,018. It was also her third double-double of the season.
Both Hansen and Abdur-Rahim chipped in 11 kills apiece, with Hansen also totaling six blocks. Vaughn registered a career-high 32 digs, while McGinnis handed out 31 assists and Millians 21.
The Patriots hit .386 as a team in the opening set and never trailed. After Newberry evened the match by winning the second set, the two squads battled through a tight third set. FMU held a slim 23-22 lead, but took advantage of an attacking error by the Wolves and then a kill by Abdur-Rahim to close out the set.
In the fourth set, Newberry took an early 2-1 lead, but Francis Marion ran off four straight points and never trailed again. A 5-0 spurt, behind the serving of McGinnis, allowed the Patriots to stretch their lead to 13-7 and the Wolves never seriously threatened after that point.
Francis Marion Univ. def. Univ. of Mount Olive 25-13,25-11,25-17
Univ. of Mount Olive (1-6) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Ania Keene 5-0-0;
Cyerra Carter 4-0-4; Kamber Skeen 4-0-1; Dejare Cumberbatch 2-0-1;
Kaitlin Grote 1-1-2; Michaela Seawell 1-0-0; Brittany Barnett 1-0-0;
Totals 18-1-4.0. (Assists) - . (Dig leaders) - Ania Keene 9; Andrea
Francis Marion Univ. (6-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Georgia Garrison
9-1-2; Kayla Arthur 8-0-3; Alyssa Hansen 7-0-1; Madison Taylor 6-2-2;
Iyanla Thigpen 5-0-3; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 3-4-0; Carrie McGinnis
0-1-0; Natalie Vaughn 0-1-0; Totals 38-9-6.0. (Assists) - Carrie
McGinnis 19; Finn Millians 18. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn 10;
Georgia Garrison 8; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 8
Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Sep 07, 2018 Attend: 166 Time: 0:58
Referees: Michael Holder, Ronnie Mutter
Line judges: Jaimie Harney, Jessica Harney
Liberos: Vaughn (FMU), Rivera-Reyes (UMO)
Francis Marion Univ. def. Newberry College 26-24,18-25,25-22,25-18
Newberry College (4-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Angela Gore 11-0-0;
Toni-Anne Whitlow 11-0-0; Vanessa Blas 10-1-2; Zoe Dinkins 10-0-4;
Sidra Triplett 6-1-5; Kensley Jordan 2-1-0; Taylor Garrison 1-0-0;
Olivia Kozemko 1-5-1; Logan Richardson 0-0-4; Mary Siebert 0-2-0;
Totals 52-10-9.0. (Assists) - Olivia Kozemko 26; Taylor Garrison 14.
(Dig leaders) - Kensley Jordan 26; Mary Siebert 14; Olivia Kozemko 13;
Vanessa Blas 13; Taylor Garrison 8
Francis Marion Univ. (7-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Georgia Garrison
16-1-0; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 11-1-0; Alyssa Hansen 11-0-6; Iyanla
Thigpen 8-0-3; Kayla Arthur 6-0-3; Madison Taylor 6-0-6; Carrie
McGinnis 0-2-0; Totals 58-4-10.0. (Assists) - Carrie McGinnis 31; Finn
Millians 21. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn 32; Georgia Garrison 19;
Natalie Ferrell 12
Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Sep 07, 2018 Attend: 139 Time: 1:47
Referees: Debbie McLamb, Michael Holder
Line judges: Chelsea Welty, Jennie Polak
Liberos: Vaughn (FMU), Jordan (NC)