AUGUSTA, GA – Sophomore 6-2 middle blocker Lily Walton registered team-high totals of 12 kills and four blocks to pace Francis Marion University to a straight-sets 25-16, 25-15, 25-12 victory over Paine College, Tuesday evening (Oct. 8) in non-conference volleyball action.
Francis Marion improves to 9-8 and will return to Peach Belt Conference play on Friday when the Patriots host local rival UNC Pembroke for a 7 p.m. match. FMU will then host Winston-Salem State University on Saturday at noon.
Walton earned her 12 kills on only 20 swings with just two errors for a .500 hitting percentage. Junior Kayla Arthur added nine kills, while sophomore setter Finn Millians handed out 31 assists and served three aces. Senior libero Natalie Vaughn led the FMU defense with 10 digs.
Kennedy Curtis led Paine (10-5) with six kills, while Melina Rose tallied 11 assists and five kills.
Francis Marion compiled a .377 team hitting percentage, while holding the Lions to only .112.
In the opening set, Francis Marion held a slim 15-14 advantage, but closed the set with a 10-2 spurt behind the serving of Millians and freshman Brittany Sehnke. Similar circumstances occurred in set No. 2 as the Patriots snapped a 13-13 deadlock with a 12-2 run to clinch the set. A 5-0 spurt with sophomore Alyssa Hansen serving extended a slim 6-5 lead and FMU cruised to a 25-12 win in the final set.
Francis Marion Univ. def. Paine College 25-16,25-15,25-12
Francis Marion Univ. (9-8) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Lily Walton 12-0-4;
Kayla Arthur 9-2-0; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 7-1-0; Alyssa Hansen 6-0-0;
Adison Minor 3-3-2; Finn Millians 2-3-0; Brittany Sehnke 1-0-2; Totals
40-9-4.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians 31. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn
10; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 6
Paine College (10-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kennedy Curtis 6-0-1;
Melina Rose 5-0-1; Taylor Grant 4-0-1; Shavonne Boggs 3-0-3; Lanica
Phillips 3-1-2; Jada Wilks 1-0-1; Shatia McCaskell 0-1-0; Ayanna
Harrison 0-1-0; Totals 22-3-5.0. (Assists) - Melina Rose 11. (Dig
leaders) - Ayanna Harrison 8; Shatia McCaskell 5
Site: Augusta, Ga. (Heal Complex)
Date: Oct 08, 2019 Attend: 160 Time: 1:14