PEMBROKE, NC – Sophomore Alyssa Hansen's 17 kills led four Patriots with double-figure kills as Francis Marion University claimed a 25-23, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22 road victory over UNC Pembroke, Tuesday evening (Nov. 5) in Peach Belt Conference volleyball action.
The Patriots improve to 16-12 overall record and move to 3-6 in conference action. UNCP falls to 13-18 and 1-8.
Francis Marion will continue conference play as it hosts Augusta University on Friday (Nov. 8) and Georgia College on Saturday (Nov. 9) with 7 p.m. and noon start times, respectively, in the Smith University Center. Saturday has been designated as Senior Day for the Patriots.
Following Hansen were junior Kayla Arthur and sophomore Iyanla Thigpen with 13 kills apiece and junior Courtney Abdur-Rahim added 10. Thigpen chipped in four blocks, while Hansen and sophomore Lily Walton each added an additional two blocks each and Abdur-Rahim recorded 17 digs.
Raven Oates and Shannon Skyrd led the Braves with 11 kills apiece.
Hansen accounted for the final three FMU points in the opening set with kills. The Patriots trailed only once in the second set at 1-0, and clinched the set with a kill by Arthur.
The Braves snapped a 7-7 deadlock in set No.3 with a 9-3 spurt, but FMU recovered in the fourth set and never trailed. Two points – a kill by Arthur and a service ace by Walton – broke a 19-19 tie. UNCP pulled to within 23-22 late, but kills from Thigpen and Hansen concluded the match.
Francis Marion Univ. def. UNC Pembroke 25-23,25-19,18-25,25-22
Francis Marion Univ. (16-12,3-6 Peach Belt) (Kills-aces-blocks) -
Alyssa Hansen 17-0-2; Kayla Arthur 13-1-1; Iyanla Thigpen 13-0-4;
Courtney Abdur-Rahim 10-0-1; Lily Walton 3-1-2; Finn Millians 3-1-0;
Madeline Winning 1-0-0; Natalie Vaughn 0-1-0; Totals 60-4-6.0.
(Assists) - Finn Millians 54. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn 27;
Courtney Abdur-Rahim 17; Alyssa Hansen 14; Alexis Watts 11; Finn
UNC Pembroke (13-18,1-8 Peach Belt) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Shannon
Skryd 11-0-0; Raven Oates 11-1-2; Elly Hicks 7-0-6; Ashley Caesar
7-0-5; Brianna Warren 6-0-5; April Tankersley 5-0-2; Anna Heinz 2-0-0;
Abby Farr 0-1-0; Casey O'Quinn 0-2-0; Totals 49-4-11.0. (Assists) -
Casey O'Quinn 25. (Dig leaders) - Anna Heinz 32; Raven Oates 17; Casey
Site: Pembroke, NC (Lumbee Guaranty Bank)
Date: 11/05/19 Attend: 168 Time: 1:43