FLORENCE, SC – Sara Davis and Taja Valmyr registered 11 kills apiece to pace Flagler College to a hard-fought 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 win over Francis Marion University, Saturday afternoon (Nov. 11) in Peach Belt Conference women's volleyball action.
Francis Marion ends its regular season with a 9-17 overall mark and a 3-9 PBC record. The Patriots will play in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament on Friday in Milledgeville, Ga.
Senior Shelbi Meek and junior Georgia Garrison led FMU with eight kills apiece, while freshman Kayla Arthur added six. Freshman libero Natalie Ferrell led the Patriot defense with 16 digs, while Meek and Garrison dug up 13 and 12 balls respectively.
Meek and Garrison also served four and three aces respectively.
Setter Tara Savisky directed the Flagler (21-3, 10-1) offense with 29 assists. She also posted 11 digs.
In both of the final two sets, Francis Marion held late leads before the Saints mounted rallies. In total, the match featured 20 ties and 13 lead changes.
Prior to the first serve, Meek and senior outside hitter Erika Hartings were recognized during a Senior Day ceremony.
Flagler College def. Francis Marion Univ. 25-18,25-22,25-22
Flagler College (21-3 , 10-1 PBC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Taja Valmyr
11-0-0; Sara Davis 11-1-0; Karlie Redfern 6-1-1; Raquel Kulak 4-0-2;
Regan Swift 3-0-1; Tara Savisky 3-0-1; Cadie O'Hern 2-0-0; Kayla
Norelli 0-2-0; Totals 40-4-3.0. (Assists) - Tara Savisky 29. (Dig
leaders) - Kayla Norelli 19; Taja Valmyr 12; Karlie Redfern 11; Tara
Savisky 11; Maddie Erwin 9
Francis Marion Univ. (9-17 , 3-9 PBC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Shelbi
Meek 8-4-0; Georgia Garrison 8-3-2; Kayla Arthur 6-0-1; Lenee' Blot
3-0-2; Cortney Bowen 3-0-2; Erika Hartings 1-0-1; Totals 29-7-4.0.
(Assists) - Tori Carpenter 12. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Ferrell 16;
Shelbi Meek 13; Georgia Garrison 12; Tori Carpenter 10
Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: Nov 11, 2017 Attend: 204 Time: 1:34
Referees: Andy Miller, Morgan Shannon
Line judges: Jesse Cheadle, Louis Ambroise
Liberos: Ferrell (FMU), Norelli (FC)