FLORENCE, SC – Junior Courtney Abdur-Rahim tallied a team-high nine kills and served five aces to lead Francis Marion University past Coker University 26-24, 25-20, 25-20, Tuesday evening (Oct. 29) in non-conference volleyball action.
The Patriots (15-10) will play their next three matches on the road, including a pair of Peach Belt Conference contests this weekend: at USC Aiken on Friday at 7 p.m. and at Lander University on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Sophomore setter Finn Millians posted her 11th double-double of the season with 29 assists and 10 digs. Senior libero Natalie Vaughn, the current Peach Belt Conference Specialist of the Week, dug up a match-high 12 balls and served a pair of aces.
Senior Taylor du Bray paced Coker (6-15) with nine kills and four blocks.
The first set was tightly contested with 11 ties and five lead changes. The scored was knotted at every point between 19 and 24, until Hansen pounded down a kill and the Cobras committed an attack error allowing Francis Marion to escape with a 26-24 win.
Coker led 5-3 early in set No.2, but the Patriots responded with a four straight points to start a 13-3 run en route to the victory. In the third set, Coker again held an early lead, but FMU rallied to deadlock the score at 10-10 following a Cobra attacking error. Trailing 13-12, Francis Marion rattled off six consecutive points – including a trio of serving aces by Abdur-Rahim – to take an 18-13 lead the Patriots would not relinquish.
The Patriots now lead the all-time series with the Cobras 52-8.
Post-match comments from FMU head coach Lauren Baufield and sophomore setter Finn Millians
Francis Marion Univ. def. Coker 26-24,25-20,25-20
Coker (6-15) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Taylor du Bray 9-0-4; Emily Everton
6-0-0; Chelsey Blume 6-1-2; Payton Jackson 3-0-0; Sierra Harvey 3-0-2;
Olivia Cerick 2-1-1; Ashley Carson 1-2-0; Rami Mullen 1-1-0; Camryn
Tate 0-2-0; Totals 31-7-5.0. (Assists) - Ashley Carson 17. (Dig
leaders) - Camryn Tate 16; Olivia Cerick 8
Francis Marion Univ. (15-10) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Courtney
Abdur-Rahim 9-5-1; Alyssa Hansen 7-0-0; Kayla Arthur 7-1-0; Iyanla
Thigpen 6-0-3; Lily Walton 4-2-1; Finn Millians 2-0-1; Natalie Vaughn
0-2-0; Totals 35-10-4.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians 29. (Dig leaders) -
Natalie Vaughn 12; Finn Millians 10
Site: Florence, SC (Smith University Center)
Date: 10/29/19 Attend: 214 Time: 1:25
Referees: Tony Hill, Michael Holder
Line judges: Jordan Carlson, Ashtyn Patterson