FLORENCE, SC – The Francis Marion University volleyball team fell in three sets to Flagler College 25-18, 25-17, 25-10 in Peach Belt Conference action on Saturday (Oct. 6) afternoon.
Francis Marion (9-9, 1-4) will step outside of conference play on Tuesday, as it welcomes Belmont Abbey College to Smith University Center at 7 p.m.
Senior Georgia Garrison led FMU with eight kills and chipped in eight digs, while sophomore Courtney Abdur-Rahim recorded seven kills and four service aces. Abdur-Rahim continues to lead the PBC with 43 service aces this season.
Sophomore Karlie Redfern led Flagler (8-10, 3-3) with a match-high 19 kills, while senior setter Tara Savisky handed out 36 assists. Junior libero Kayla Norelli dug up a match-high 14 balls for the visitors.
In the first set, FMU cut an early Saints lead to 14-13, but Flagler went on an 11-5 spurt to take the first set. The second set played out in similar fashion. With the score tied 14-14, Flagler once again went on a run, including claiming the final four points to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
The Saints continued their momentum into the third set, racing out to a 6-0 advantage. Francis Marion could not recover from Flagler's early run, as the visitors claimed the finale 25-10.
Flagler College def. Francis Marion Univ. 25-18,25-17,25-10
Flagler College (8-10, 3-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Karlie Redfern
19-0-1; Raquel Kulak 8-0-2; Logan Garcia 5-0-2; Tara Savisky 5-1-1;
Morgan Hall 5-0-0; Cadie O'Hern 3-0-2; Maddie Erwin 0-2-0; Rachel
Porada 0-2-0; Totals 45-5-4.0. (Assists) - Tara Savisky 36. (Dig
leaders) - Kayla Norelli 14; Sarah Schark 13; Rachel Porada 8; Karlie
Francis Marion Univ. (9-9, 1-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Georgia Garrison
8-0-0; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 7-4-0; Alyssa Hansen 5-0-0; Iyanla Thigpen
4-0-1; Kayla Arthur 3-0-0; Totals 27-4-1.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians
23. (Dig leaders) - Finn Millians 9; Natalie Ferrell 9; Georgia
Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Oct 06, 2018 Attend: 111 Time: 1:21
Referees: Randy McLamb, Joe Asis
Line judges: Rich Behrends, Dan Jampole
Liberos: Ferrell (FMU), Norelli (FC)