Patriots hand Baufield her first two coaching wins

Patriots hand Baufield her first two coaching wins

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University captured a pair of 3-0 wins – over Converse College and Chowan University – on Friday (Sept. 8) at the FMU Invitational Volleyball Tournament to hand first-year head coach Lauren Baufield her first collegiate coaching victories.

Francis Marion improves to 2-4 and will return to action with a road match on Tuesday at Barton College at 7 p.m.  FMU will open Peach Belt Conference play on Friday at Augusta University with a 7 p.m. first serve.  The next home contest for the Patriots will be Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. against Southern Wesleyan University.

The FMU Invitational was originally set for two days, but Saturday's portion was cancelled in consideration of approaching Hurricane Irma.

Sophomore middleblocker Lenee' Blot led Francis Marion in the 25-14, 25-21, 25-23 victory over Converse with 10 kills and four blocks. Senior Shelbi Meek added nine kills, while junior Georgia Garrison had seven.

FMU junior setter Carrie McGinnis handed out 29 assists, while sophomore libero Natalie Vaughn dug up a match-high 17 balls.

The Patriots never trailed in either of the first two sets.  Back-to-back kills by Meek allowed FMU to snap a late 23-23 deadlock in the third set.

Senior hitter Erika Hartings came off the Francis Marion bench to register a match-high12 kills in a 25-20, 25-19, 25-22 win over Chowan.  Freshman Cortney Bowen posted a career-high nine kills on only 11 swings for an .818 hitting percentage.

McGinnis dished out 37 assists, while Vaughn and Meek recorded 18 and 14 digs respectively.

FMU's second match featured 25 ties and 13 lead changes. 


Francis Marion Univ. def. Chowan University 25-20,25-19,25-22

Chowan University (0-6) (Kills-aces-blocks) - CASTRO,Makayla 6-1-2;
O'KEEFE,Courtney 5-0-0; THOMAS,Cheryl 4-0-0; PATTERSON,Karisa
3-1-1; BELL,Sydney 3-0-1; TSCHIDA,Brittany 2-1-2; BORN,Alyssa 1-1-0;
GATES,Kayla 1-0-0; ZAVALA,Bailey 1-0-0; Totals 26-4-3.0. (Assists) -
PATTERSON,Karisa 15. (Dig leaders) - ZAVALA,Bailey 17; CASTRO,Makayla 14

Francis Marion Univ. (2-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Erika Hartings 12-0-3; Cortney
Bowen 9-0-3; Kayla Arthur 6-2-3; Lenee' Blot 4-2-2; Shelbi Meek 4-1-1;
Georgia Garrison 2-2-1; Carrie McGinnis 1-0-0; Veronica Lane 1-0-1;
Totals 39-7-8.0. (Assists) - Carrie McGinnis 37. (Dig leaders) - Natalie
Vaughn 18; Shelbi Meek 14

Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Sep 08, 2017   Attend: 100   Time: 1:18   
Referees: Michael Holder, Rick Laskey
Line judges: Chelsea Welty, Jessica Harney
Liberos: Vaughn (FMU), Zavala (Chowan)

Francis Marion Univ. def. Converse College 25-14,25-21,25-23

Converse College (1-6) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kenzie Schmaltz 12-0-1; Alexis
Pitts 3-0-0; Journee English 3-1-0; Kiara Cannon 3-0-2; Kassie Burkett 1-0-0;
Ansley Hodge 1-0-1; Lauren Tharrington 1-0-1; Kaylee Owens 1-0-1; Krislyn
Moore 1-0-0; Sydney Allen 0-1-0; Totals 26-2-3.0. (Assists) - Jordan Mrkvicka
12. (Dig leaders) - Kassie Burkett 13; Jordan Mrkvicka 10; Sydney Allen 9

Francis Marion Univ. (1-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Lenee' Blot 10-0-4; Shelbi Meek
9-2-0; Georgia Garrison 7-1-2; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 4-1-3; Erika Hartings 2-0-0;
Carrie McGinnis 2-0-1; Cortney Bowen 0-0-2; Natalie Vaughn 0-1-0; Totals
34-5-8.0. (Assists) - Carrie McGinnis 29. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn 17; Georgia
Garrison 8

Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Sep 08, 2017   Attend: 152   Time: 1:15   
Referees: Michael Holder, Rick Laskey
Line judges: Reece Davis, Sydney Holland
Liberos: Vaughn (FMU), Allen (CC)