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Volleyball Falls in 4 to Francis Marion

Volleyball Falls in 4 to Francis Marion

By Gina Clymore, Staff WriterPhoto by Stefanie Smith

Visiting Francis Marion hit .348 and capitalized on 33 attack errors by the UNCP volleyball team to take a 3-1 victory (25-11, 28-26, 25-27, 25-21) over the Lady Braves in Peach Belt Conference action on Oct. 24 in the English E. Jones Center. 

A three-match win streak came to an end with the loss for UNCP (14-16, 2-11 PBC), who had its in-conference losing streak stretched to three matches with the outcome as well.

The win put an end to a three-match losing streak for the Lady Patriots (7-15, 4-9), who finished off a season sweep of the Black and Gold with the result.

Nicole Mathews turned in 16 kills and was one of five players to post double-digit digs (16) on the night for the hosts.

Caroline Pridgen tallied 10 kills for the Black and Gold, while Sabrina Gonzalez recorded a double-double outing with 40 assists and 16 digs. 

Caroline Boone hit .457 and registered a match-best 20 kills for Francis Marion, who also got 11 kills and 13 digs from Alexzandra Reed. 

Sloane Shank added a match-best 42 assists for the visitors as well. 

Francis Marion scored 12 of the first 15 points in the opening set and held UNCP to a -.065 hitting percentage in posting a 25-11 victory.

Francis Marion got out to an early lead in the second set. Three straight attack errors by the Black and Gold gave the Lady Patriots a 6-1 advantage.

The lead grew to 11-3, but UNCP fought back to make it close. Francis Marion ended up taking the set 28-26.

The Lady Patriots hit .121 in the second set and took advantage of 11 attack errors by the Lady Braves in getting out to a 2-0 lead with the triumph in the second set.

The Braves hit .255 and slipped by the Patriots to get on the board with a 27-25 third-set victory, but the Patriots finished off the Black and Gold with a 25-21 win in the fourth set. 

The fourth set was close for a while, but with the score at 16-13 the Lady Patriots went on a 6-2 run to take a sizeable lead.

The Black and Gold pulled to within three but could not come all the way back to extend the match.

Photo by Stefanie Smith. Cecilia Brandon hits the ball back over the net in a game earlier this season.