CHARLOTTE, NC – Francis Marion University rallied from a late five-point deficit to force a fifth set and then claimed a come-from-behind 25-17, 24-26, 18-25, 25-23, 15-10 win over Barton College, Saturday evening (Sept. 7) at the Queens University of Charlotte Volleyball Fall Classic. Earlier in the day, the Patriots swept past North Greenville College 26-24, 25-16, 25-17.
Francis Marion ends the two-day event with a 3-1 mark. The Patriots will host their annual FMU Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 13-14) beginning with a 1 p.m. match-up with Converse College on Friday.
Against Barton, FMU captured an easy win in set one, but then dropped a 26-24 nail biter in set two. Barton (0-2) scored the opening six points of the third set en route to a 25-18 victory. In the fourth set, Francis Marion trailed 20-15 but scored six in a row – the final two on kills by junior Kayla Arthur – to go ahead 22-21. With the scored knotted at 23-23, Arthur added another kill and sophomore Alyssa Hansen pounded out the deciding point on a kill.
In the fifth set, FMU opened an early lead at 4-1, but Barton rallied to deadlock the match at 7-7. The Patriots answered with five consecutive points and went on to the 15-10 win. FMU recorded 10 kills with only one error on 20 swings in the final set.
Arthur recorded a team-high 15 kills to go along with eight digs and five blocks. Hansen chipped in 10 kills and 10 digs, while junior Courtney Abdur-Rahim added 10 kills, 15 digs, and five blocks.
Sophomore setter Finn Millians directed the Patriot offense with 39 assists and dug up 15 balls, while serving three aces. Senior libero Natalie Vaughn registered 20 digs to push her career total to 995. Sophomore 6-2 middle blocker Lily Walton posted five kills, six blocks, and three service aces.
Katlin Elkins paced the Bulldogs with 15 kills and 10 digs.
In the victory over North Greenville, Abdur-Rahim tallied 12 kills, nine digs, and five blocks, while Hansen had eight kills and 11 digs. Millians handed out 27 assists, while Vaughn posted 14 digs and the Patriots held the Crusaders to a .026 hitting percentage.
Francis Marion Univ. def. North Greenville 26-24,25-16,25-17
Francis Marion Univ. (1-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Courtney Abdur-Rahim
12-1-5; Alyssa Hansen 8-1-1; Kayla Arthur 6-0-0; Iyanla Thigpen 3-0-4;
Finn Millians 2-1-1; Lily Walton 1-3-3; Natalie Vaughn 0-2-0; Totals
32-8-8.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians 27. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn
14; Kayla Arthur 12; Alyssa Hansen 11; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 9
North Greenville (0-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Katie McManaway 7-0-2;
Caroline Forster 6-1-1; Paige Beisecker 6-0-3; Abigail Durham 4-0-0;
Kasie Thomas 3-0-0; Emma Pepper 3-0-1; Erin Allen 2-0-1; Katherine
McClure 0-2-0; Totals 31-3-4.0. (Assists) - Eaden Shockley 29. (Dig
leaders) - Katherine McClure 15; Paige Beisecker 12; Whitley Kahler
10; Eaden Shockley 9
Site: Charlotte, N.C. (Curry Arena)
Date: Sep 07, 2019 Attend: 217 Time: 1:14
Francis Marion Univ. def. Barton 25-17,24-26,18-25,25-23,15-10
Francis Marion Univ. (3-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kayla Arthur 15-1-5;
Alyssa Hansen 10-0-0; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 10-2-5; Iyanla Thigpen
8-0-6; Lily Walton 5-3-6; Finn Millians 2-3-1; Adison Minor 0-0-1;
Natalie Vaughn 0-1-0; Totals 50-10-12.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians 39.
(Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn 20; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 15; Finn
Millians 15; Alyssa Hansen 10; Kayla Arthur 8
Barton (0-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kaytlin Elkins 15-2-1; Allison
Gambill 11-1-1; Katrina Ulbrich 8-0-2; Emily Bott 5-0-0; Sarah Kirk
5-4-0; Kelsey Riquelme 4-0-2; Anna Thompson 0-4-0; Morgan Shaw 0-0-2;
Megan McCain 0-4-0; Totals 48-15-4.0. (Assists) - Sarah Kirk 23; Megan
McCain 19. (Dig leaders) - Baleigh Hill 21; Sarah Kirk 12; Allison
Gambill 11; Kaytlin Elkins 10
Site: Charlotte, N.C. (Levine Center)
Date: Sep 07, 2019 Attend: 77 Time: 2:13