AIKEN, SC – A late surge by the opposing team in the fifth set cost Francis Marion University a chance at splitting it two matches on Friday (Sept. 20) at the Pacer Invitational Volleyball Tournament hosted by USC Aiken. FMU lost to the University of West Florida 25-17, 25-14, 25-13 early in the day and then dropped a narrow 5-set decision to Erskine College 19-25, 25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 15-12 later in the evening.
Francis Marion (5-5) will play two matches on Saturday to conclude the tournament. The Patriots will meet Converse College at 10 a.m. and Valdosta State University at 3 p.m.
The next home match for the Patriots will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Chowan University.
Against the Flying Fleet, Francis Marion won the opening set, lost the next two, and then captured the fourth set to even the match. In the fifth set, the score was tied at 8-8 and later at 11-11. Erskine then scored the next three points, and following an attacking error by the Flying Fleet that got FMU to within 14-12, Erskine registered the final point on an attack kill to clinch the match.
As she has most of the season, sophomore Alyssa Hansen led the Patriots with 16 kills, while junior Kayla Arthur posted her second double-double of the year with 11 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Iyanla Thigpen added nine kills and eight blocks and junior Courtney Abdur-Rahim chipped in seven kills, a season-high 19 digs, and four service aces.
In the loss to West Florida, Hansen recorded six kills and Thigpen five kills and three blocks. Millians tallied 18 assists and Vaughn dug up 15 balls and served two aces.
The opening set was knotted at 16-16, by the Argonauts (5-4) closed with a 9-1 spurt. In set two, the Patriots trailed only 13-10, but UWF finished on a 12-4 run. West Florida scored the final eight points of the third set to close out the match.
U. of West Florida def. Francis Marion Univ. 25-17,25-14,25-13
U. of West Florida (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jordyn, Poppen 10-2-3;
Veresia, Yon 9-1-3; Kierra, Potts 7-0-1; Ebony, Powers 4-3-1; JoDee,
Kovanda 3-0-0; Phoebe, Hozeska 3-0-4; Natasha, Bannister 2-0-0;
Ashlan, Riley 2-0-0; Ashton, Marshall 1-1-0; Zadie, Engelberger 1-0-0;
Sadie, Hough 1-0-0; Brogan, Wallin 0-0-1; Totals 43-7-7.0. (Assists) -
Brogan, Wallin 13; Taylor, Vaneekeren 11. (Dig leaders) - Ashton,
Marshall 18; Jordyn, Poppen 9; Ebony, Powers 8
Francis Marion Univ. (Kills-aces-blocks) - Alyssa Hansen 6-0-0; Iyanla
Thigpen 5-0-3; Lily Walton 3-0-1; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 3-1-1; Kayla
Arthur 3-0-1; Finn Millians 0-1-1; Natalie Vaughn 0-2-0; Totals
20-4-4.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians 18. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn
15; Kayla Arthur 8
Site: Aiken, SC (USCA Conv Center)
Date: Sept 20,2019 Attend: 20 Time:1:30
Erskine College def. Francis Marion Univ. 19-25,25-19,26-24,21-25,15-12
Erskine College (5-7) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Katy, Torgerson 15-3-6;
Reilly, Bartlett 15-0-0; Maggie, Carnes 11-0-1; Kayla, Duncan 10-0-2;
Laney, Gaston 3-1-1; Rebecca, Massengill 3-0-0; Rachel, Meyer 1-0-0;
Annie, Franklin 1-0-0; Sarah, Atkinson 0-2-0; Maddie, Wilson 0-2-0;
Sierra, Wolter 0-1-0; Totals 59-9-8.0. (Assists) - Laney, Gaston 44.
(Dig leaders) - Sierra, Wolter 19; Laney, Gaston 16; Maddie, Wilson
15; Ashlyn, Fralix 11; Maggie, Carnes 10
Francis Marion Univ. (5-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Alyssa Hansen 16-0-3;
Kayla Arthur 11-0-1; Iyanla Thigpen 9-0-8; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 7-4-1;
Madeline Winning 1-1-1; Finn Millians 0-0-1; Natalie Vaughn 0-1-0;
Totals 44-6-10.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians 38. (Dig leaders) -
Natalie Vaughn 20; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 19; Kayla Arthur 15; Finn
Millians 13; Madeline Winning 10; Alyssa Hansen 10; Iyanla Thigpen 9
Site: Aiken, SC (USCA Conv Center)
Date: Sept 20,2019 Attend: 20 Time: 1:35