FLORENCE, SC – Francis Marion University captured a set-one win, but Augusta University rallied to win the next three sets to claim a 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-7 win, Saturday afternoon (Sept. 29), in Peach Belt Conference women's volleyball action.
Francis Marion drops to 9-8 overall and 1-3 in the Peach Belt. FMU will host Flagler College on Saturday (Oct. 6) at 1 p.m.
Senior setter Carrie McGinnis handed out 43 assists, while sophomore libero Natalie Ferrell dug up a match-high 26 balls, only two shy of her career best that was set in Friday's win over Georgia College.
Chloe Allen and Alyssa Frazier led Augusta (13-3, 3-1) with 11 kills each, while McKenzey Beck tallied 25 assists, 10 kills, and nine digs.
Playing before a Volleyball Alumni crowd, the Patriots opened Saturday with an exciting 25-21 victory in set one. A 4-0 spurt by FMU snapped an early 5-5 deadlock and the Patriots never trailed again as Garrison contributed seven of her kills.
With the PBC's leader in service aces Courtney Abdur-Rahim at the back line, FMU opened with the first five points of the second set. However, the Jaguars rallied to tie the set at 8-8 and would eventually lead 22-17. The Patriots recovered to deadlock the match at 22-22, but Augusta registered three of the final four points to secure a 25-23 victory.
A 9-3 run by Augusta broke an 11-11 tie and led to the Jaguars' third-set win, and the visitors never trailed in the fourth set.
Post-match comments from FMU head coach Lauren Baufield
Augusta University def. Francis Marion Univ. 21-25,25-23,25-17,25-7
Augusta University (13-3 (3-1)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Chloe Allen
11-0-5; Alyssa Frazier 11-0-5; McKenzey Beck 10-1-2; Savanna Gonzales
8-0-1; Blair Bolton 6-0-5; Jessica Hedrick 4-0-5; Cheryke Brian-Garmos
3-2-0; Totals 53-3-12.0. (Assists) - McKenzey Beck 25; Cheryke
Brian-Garmos 15. (Dig leaders) - Holland Martin 24; Natalia Gouveia
17; Cheryke Brian-Garmos 11; Savanna Gonzales 10; McKenzey Beck 9
Francis Marion Univ. (9-8 (1-3)) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Georgia
Garrison 15-0-0; Madison Taylor 8-0-0; Iyanla Thigpen 8-0-2; Kayla
Arthur 7-0-0; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 6-3-1; Alyssa Hansen 4-0-0; Carrie
McGinnis 2-0-0; Totals 50-3-2.0. (Assists) - Carrie McGinnis 43. (Dig
leaders) - Natalie Ferrell 26; Georgia Garrison 11; Carrie McGinnis
10; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 10
Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Sep 29, 2018 Attend: 116 Time: 1:50
Referees: Ron Zientek, Dave Mabe
Line judges: Dewey Capps, Jamaal Brown
Liberos: Ferrell (FMU), Martin (AU)