FMU volleyballers fall in four sets
Sophomores Gracie Davis and Brittany Sehnke combined for 30 kills and 29 digs to lead Francis Marion University in a four-set loss (18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-18) to Georgia College Friday in Peach Belt Conference volleyball action.
Davis registered season-high totals of 15 kills and 21 digs, while also serving two aces. Sehnke, a product of Wilson High School, netted career-highs of 15 kills and eight digs in only her second career start. Junior 6-2 middleblocker Iyanla Thigpen added 13 kills and three blocks.
FMU freshman setter Kaylee Gillespie tallied 44 assists and nine digs, while junior libero Alexis Watts dug up 14 balls.
Junior Sarah Mangan’s 13 kills led four Georgia College (6-6, 6-6) players in double-figures, while junior setter Lauren Talele handed out 42 assists and had 10 digs.
FMU broke a 10-10 deadlock in the opening set with a four-point run. The Patriots also held the Bobcats to a .067 attack percentage while claiming the 25-18 victory. The second set was close throughout. A kill by Sehnke off a Gillespie set knotted the score at 23-23, but the next two points went the way of the Bobcats for the equalizing set win.
In the third set, a Davis kill brought FMU to within 22-21, but Georgia College captured three of the next four points. The Bobcats took the lead for good in set four at 6-5.