AUGUSTA, GA – Despite 10 kills apiece from sophomore Kayla Arthur and freshmen Alyssa Hansen and Iyanla Thigpen, Francis Marion University dropped a four-set decision (25-22, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19) to Augusta University, Friday night (Oct. 26) in Peach Belt Conference volleyball action.
Francis Marion (13-12, 4-6) remains a half-game behind fifth-place Flagler College in the PBC standings. FMU will face Georgia College on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Milledgeville, Ga.
Savanna Gonzales led Augusta (19-5, 6-3) with 15 kills and 18 digs, while setter Cheryke Brian-Garmos handed out 41 assists. Holland Martin registered 32 digs.
FMU led for the majority of the opening set, but a 3-0 spurt by the Jaguars snapped a 21-21 deadlock and proved decisive. The Patriots sprinted to an early 11-3 lead in set two, but Augusta rallied to tie the score at 19-19. This time Francis Marion put together the late run, a 4-0 tally, to break a 20-20 tie.
The Patriots registered the first point of the third set, but the Jaguars answered with five straight and never trailed again. In the fourth set, Francis Marion overcame an early 4-0 deficit to knot the score at 6-6. FMU trailed by only one at 18-17, but Augusta closed the set and match with a 7-2 run.
Augusta University def. Francis Marion Univ. 25-22,23-25,25-13,25-19
Francis Marion Univ. (13-12, 4-6 PBC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Iyanla
Thigpen 10-0-6; Kayla Arthur 10-0-3; Alyssa Hansen 10-0-4; Courtney
Abdur-Rahim 6-2-1; Georgia Garrison 6-0-4; Carrie McGinnis 0-0-2;
Natalie Ferrell 0-1-0; Totals 42-3-11.0. (Assists) - Carrie McGinnis
29. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Ferrell 24; Georgia Garrison 13; Carrie
McGinnis 10; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 10; Finn Millians 9
Augusta University (19-5, 6-3 PBC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Savanna
Gonzales 15-1-2; Alyssa Frazier 12-0-0; Jessica Hedrick 12-0-1;
Cheryke Brian-Garmos 9-1-0; McKenzey Beck 5-1-1; Kim Krutsinger 5-2-0;
Chloe Allen 2-0-1; Victoria Wade 2-0-0; Natalia Gouveia 0-2-0; Holland
Martin 0-1-0; Totals 62-8-3.0. (Assists) - Cheryke Brian-Garmos 41.
(Dig leaders) - Holland Martin 32; Savanna Gonzales 18; McKenzey Beck
12; Cheryke Brian-Garmos 12; Natalia Gouveia 11
Site: Augusta, Ga. (Christenberry Field.)
Date: Oct 26, 2018 Attend: 98 Time: 1:52
Referees: Darryl Buck, John Bear
Line judges: Michael Johnson, Katie Truluck