FLORENCE, SC – Senior Georgia Garrison's career-high tying 25 kills helped lead the Francis Marion University volleyball team to a four-set victory over Georgia College in Peach Belt Conference action on Friday evening (Sept. 28) at Smith University Center.
The Patriots (9-7, 1-2) dropped the first set of the evening, but rallied to claim their first PBC win of the season by a score of 22-25, 29-27, 25-20, and 25-14.
FMU returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Augusta University to wrap-up Alumni Weekend at Smith University Center. An Alumni match will be played immediately following the FMU-AU contest.
After dropping the first set, the Patriots fended off a pair of set points to even the match at a set apiece going into intermission. The second set featured 13 ties and eight lead changes. Garrison recorded nine kills in the second set alone, including the set-clincher.
FMU took control from there. The Patriots never trailed in the third set, and after the fourth set was deadlocked at nine apiece, the hosts closed out the Bobcats with a 16-5 run.
To go with her 25 kills, Garrison added 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the campaign. Also collecting double-doubles were sophomore Courtney Abdur-Rahim (14 kills and 19 digs) and senior Carrie McGinnis (42 assists and 17 digs). Abdur-Rahim's 19 digs set a new career-high, while her four service aces bumped her PBC-leading total to 36.
Defensively, sophomore libero Natalie Ferrell dug up a career-high 28 balls, while freshman middle blocker Iyanla Thigpen posted a team-high four blocks. Thigpen also recorded the match-clinching kill.
Georgia College (8-7, 1-2) was led by senior Taylor Svehla who registered 13 kills and six blocks. Sophomore Libby Bochniak posted a double-double with 10 kills and 18 digs.
Post-game comments from FMU head coach Lauren Baufield and senior Georgia Garrison
Francis Marion Univ. def. Georgia College 22-25,29-27,25-20,25-14
Georgia College (8-7 (1-2)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Taylor Svehla
13-2-6; Libby Bochniak 10-0-1; Emma Boughner 7-0-3; Emily Pope 7-0-0;
Emily Crowell 5-0-3; Kayla Brockway 3-1-1; Totals 45-3-9.0. (Assists)
- Kayla Brockway 38. (Dig leaders) - Jordyn Moellering 21; Nicole
Cohen 19; Libby Bochniak 18; Kayla Brockway 12; Lauren Talele 10
Francis Marion Univ. (9-7 (1-2)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Georgia
Garrison 25-2-0; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 14-4-0; Alyssa Hansen 10-0-2;
Iyanla Thigpen 9-0-4; Kayla Arthur 5-1-3; Carrie McGinnis 1-2-0;
Madison Taylor 1-2-1; Finn Millians 0-1-0; Totals 65-12-5.0. (Assists)
- Carrie McGinnis 42; Finn Millians 13. (Dig leaders) - Natalie
Ferrell 28; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 19; Carrie McGinnis 17; Georgia
Garrison 11; Finn Millians 8
Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Sep 28, 2018 Attend: 182 Time: 2:07
Referees: Darrell Buck, Ron Zientek
Line judges: Dewey Capps, Moses Brown
Liberos: Ferrell (FMU), Moellering (GC)