Patriot Volleyball falls to Saints in regular-season finale

Patriot Volleyball falls to Saints in regular-season finale

FLORENCE, SC – Despite a combined 17 kills from outside hitters Alyssa Hansen (9) and Kayla Arthur (8), Francis Marion University lost in three sets to Flagler College 25-20, 25-15, 25-15 on Friday (Nov. 15) evening in Peach Belt Conference volleyball action.

FMU (18-13, 5-7) concludes its regular season and will compete next in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, Nov. 22-24 in Aiken, SC.  The Patriots will be the fifth seed and will play in the quarterfinal round on Friday.

Sophomore middle blocker Iyanla Thigpen added four kills, while sophomore Lily Walton and junior Courtney Abdur-Rahim each chipped in three kills for the Patriots.

FMU setter Finn Millians handed out 24 assists and dug up nine balls. Senior libero Natalie Vaughn registered 14 digs and two service aces to reach both 1500 digs and 100 aces for her career.

Hitters Rebekah Machovec, Rachel Machovec, and Karlie Redfern as well as middle hitter Logan Garcia led Flagler (21-7, 8-3) with eight kills apiece. Saints setter Kennedy Muff dished out 27 assists and libero Kayla Norelli dug up 16 balls.

Francis Marion led briefly 1-0 in set No.1, but a 9-2 spurt gave Flagler a 9-3 advantage.  The margin reached seven on several occasions before the Patriots rallied to get within 20-18 after an attack error by the Saints.  However, Flagler ran off three straight points en route to the victory.

The second set was knotted at 11-11 before Flagler scored six straight points to ignite a 14-4 run to end the set.  The third set was deadlocked at 12-12, but again the Saints pulled away by scoring seven straight points.


Post-match comments from FMU head coach Lauren Baufield


Flagler def. Francis Marion Univ. 25-20,25-15,25-15

Flagler (21-7,8-3 Peach Belt) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Karlie Redfern
8-0-1; Logan Garcia 8-0-7; Rebekah Machovec 8-0-2; Rachel Machovec
8-0-1; Kennedy Muff 2-0-5; Jordan Taylor 2-0-3; Victoria Bowrosen
1-0-1; Kayla Norelli 0-1-0; Rachel Porada 0-3-0; Totals 37-4-10.0.
(Assists) - Kennedy Muff 27. (Dig leaders) - Kayla Norelli 16; Kennedy
Muff 15; Rachel Machovec 13; Karlie Redfern 9

Francis Marion Univ. (18-13,5-7 Peach Belt) (Kills-aces-blocks) -
Alyssa Hansen 9-0-1; Kayla Arthur 8-0-0; Iyanla Thigpen 4-0-1; Lily
Walton 3-0-2; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 3-0-0; Natalie Vaughn 0-2-0; Totals
27-2-3.0. (Assists) - Finn Millians 24. (Dig leaders) - Natalie Vaughn
14; Courtney Abdur-Rahim 14; Finn Millians 9
Site: Florence, SC (Smith Univ. Center)
Date: 11/15/19       Attend: 106   Time: 1:13
Referees: Ronnie Mutter, Robert Webb
Line judges: Dewey Capps, Dan Jampole