MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – The Francis Marion University volleyball team fell in three sets to Georgia College 25-16, 25-17, and 25-16 in Peach Belt Conference action on Saturday (Oct. 27).
Francis Marion (13-13, 4-7) concludes its regular season on Friday (Nov. 2) with a trip to Flagler College. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. The Patriots will then head to Greenwood, S.C., for the PBC Tournament on Nov. 10-11.
Freshman Iyanla Thigpen led FMU with seven kills, while senior Georgia Garrison added six kills and six digs. The setting duo of senior Carrie McGinnis and freshman Finn Millians handed out 11 and 10 assists, respectively. Defensively, sophomore Courtney Adbur-Rahim led the Patriots with 10 digs, while sophomore Kayla Arthur and freshman Alyssa Hansen each recorded three blocks.
Senior Taylor Svehla led Georgia College (14-9, 6-4) with a match-high 14 kills, while sophomore Libby Bochniak added 13 kills. Senior setter Kayla Brockway dished out 39 assists, recorded eight digs, and registered five kills. Sophomore Jordyn Moellering paced the Bobcats with 15 digs.
The two squads were tied 4-4 early in the opening set, but Georgia College used a 4-0 run to grab a lead that did not shrink below three for the remainder of the set. The Bobcats took the first two points of the second set on their way to a wire-to-wire victory, giving the hosts a 2-0 advantage heading into the intermission. FMU held an early lead in the final set, but a pair of 4-0 runs helped the Bobcats pull away.
Georgia College def. Francis Marion Univ. 25-16,25-17,25-16
Francis Marion Univ. (13-13, 4-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Iyanla Thigpen
7-0-2; Georgia Garrison 6-0-1; Kayla Arthur 4-0-3; Courtney
Abdur-Rahim 3-0-0; Alyssa Hansen 3-0-3; Alexis Watts 1-0-0; Totals
24-0-5.0. (Assists) - Carrie McGinnis 11; Finn Millians 10. (Dig
leaders) - Courtney Abdur-Rahim 10; Natalie Ferrell 8
Georgia College (14-9, 6-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Taylor Svehla
14-1-2; Libby Bochniak 13-0-2; Emily Crowell 9-0-2; Kayla Brockway
5-0-2; Emma Boughner 5-0-1; Emily Pope 4-0-0; Totals 50-1-6.0.
(Assists) - Kayla Brockway 39. (Dig leaders) - Jordyn Moellering 15;
Nicole Cohen 14; Lauren Talele 13; Kayla Brockway 8
Site: Milledgeville, Ga. (Centennial Center)
Date: 10/27/2018 Attend: 204 Time: 1:26
Referees: Scott Lowery, Jake Rasmussen