GREENWOOD, SC – Lander University scored the final 13 points of the fifth set to claim a 19-25, 25-23, 25-16, 24-26, 15-6 win over Francis Marion University, Friday evening (Sept. 21) in Peach Belt Conference volleyball action.
FMU (8-6, 0-1) will complete its weekend trip to the western part of the state by playing at USC Aiken on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Senior Georgia Garrison led Francis Marion with a double-double (14 kills, 11 digs), while freshman 6-2 middle blocker Iyanla Thigpen chipped in 12 kills and six blocks. Sophomore Courtney Abdur-Rahim added nine kills and 16 digs.
Kaitlyn Kafka paced Lander (12-2, 1-0) with 21 kills and 26 digs.
Playing for the first time in nearly two weeks, owing to the arrival of Hurricane Florence, Francis Marion started off quick by taking the opening set 25-19. A 10-1 spurt erased a three-point deficit midway through the set and propelled FMU to the early lead. The Patriots nearly pulled off a miraculous comeback in set two, fending off four set points before falling 25-23 to even the match at 1-1 heading into the intermission.
In the third set, the score was knotted at 13-13 before Lander pulled away to a 25-16 victory. Abdur-Rahim closed a 26-24 FMU win in set four by recording a solo block and a kill for the final two points. Francis Marion had trailed by five points earlier in the set.
The Patriots sprinted to an early 6-2 advantage in the fifth set, but were unable to get another side out as Lander rallied for the match win.
Lander def. Francis Marion Univ. 19-25,25-23,25-16,24-26,15-6
Francis Marion Univ. (8-6, 0-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Georgia Garrison
14-2-2; Iyanla Thigpen 12-0-6; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 9-2-2; Alyssa
Hansen 7-0-3; Madison Taylor 7-3-2; Kayla Arthur 3-0-1; Carrie
McGinnis 1-1-1; Natalie Vaughn 0-1-0; Totals 53-9-11.0. (Assists) -
Carrie McGinnis 30; Finn Millians 13. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn
25; Carrie McGinnis 20; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 16; Finn Millians 13;
Georgia Garrison 11; Natalie Ferrell 8
Lander (12-2, 1-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kaitlyn Krafka 21-0-1; Hannah
Hritz 18-0-5; Kyra Ross 12-3-1; Reilly Kuenstler 4-1-4; Madilyn Reed
2-0-1; Imari Ashley 1-0-4; Totals 58-4-11.0. (Assists) - Madilyn Reed
51. (Dig leaders) - Hannah McManus 37; Kaitlyn Krafka 26; Boo Luther
20; Kyra Ross 15; Madilyn Reed 15
Site: Greenwood, S.C. (Horne Arena)
Date: Sep 21, 2018 Attend: 275 Time: 2:22
Referees: Suzanne Dodd, Dianne Penne
Liberos: Vaughn (FMU)