AUGUSTA, GA – Sophomores Alyssa Hansen and Iyanla Thigpen combined for 25 kills and seven blocks to lead Francis Marion University to a 25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 25-17 road victory over Augusta University, Saturday afternoon (Oct. 26) in Peach Belt Conference volleyball play.
The Patriots improve to 14-10 overall surpassing last season's win total and FMU moves to 2-4 in conference action. Augusta falls to 18-7 and 3-3.
Francis Marion will play host to local rival Coker University on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Smith University Center.
Hansen tallied 13 kills, eight digs, and two blocks, while Thigpen reach double-digit kills for the fifth time in four matches as she posted 12 kills in only 21 swings with five blocks.
FMU sophomore setter Finn Millians handed out 48 assists and dug up 12 balls, while senior libero Natalie Vaughn set a career-high with 39 digs. That figure is the third-most in Patriot history and the highest total since Kelsie Deaton posted 45 digs against Palm Beach Atlantic College on Oct. 22, 2010.
Nicolette Ramos led Augusta with 16 kills.
FMU used a 7-1 spurt to overcome a small deficit en route to an opening-set win, and the Patriots led for the entire set No.2 with the exception of an early 1-1 tie. A 7-0 run by the Jaguars produced a deficit that FMU could not erase in the third set. However, a kill by Hansen broke an early 3-3 deadlock in set No.4 and the Patriots gradually pulled away for the clinching win.
Francis Marion Univ. def. AUGUSTA 25-22,25-20,17-25,25-17
Francis Marion Univ. (14-9; 2-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Alyssa Hansen
13-0-2; Iyanla Thigpen 12-0-5; Kayla Arthur 9-1-3; Courtney
Abdur-Rahim 9-1-3; Lily Walton 7-1-5; Finn Millians 3-0-1; Natalie
Vaughn 0-2-0; Totals 53-5-10.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians 48. (Dig
leaders) - Natalie Vaughn 39; Finn Millians 12; Courtney Abdur-Rahim
9; Alexis Watts 8; Alyssa Hansen 8
AUGUSTA (18-7; 3-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Nicolette Ramos 16-0-1;
Chloe Allen 13-0-4; Madison Malloch 11-0-2; Kylie Martin 9-0-3;
Jessica Hedrick 7-0-1; Kassie Till 2-0-0; Julieanne Saliba 0-1-0;
Totals 58-1-6.0. (Assists) - Kassie Till 51. (Dig leaders) - Holland
Martin 26; Kylie Martin 16; Kassie Till 11; Chloe Allen 10
Site: Augusta, Ga. (Christenberry)
Date: Oct 26, 2019 Attend: 162 Time: 1:55